Re: Manitobans deserve better (Letters, May 27)
Kenneth Meadwell: could you possibly lay out the criteria you use in determining which medical experts you think Premier Brian Pallister should believe and follow, and why you think those experts are better qualified than the medical experts who are running our pandemic response?
Interesting to note that the leader of our pandemic response, Dr. Brent Roussin, was just given the top doctor award by his peers.
James Roberts, Winnipeg
Read bulletin for data details
Re: Report COVID-19 by locale (Letters, May 26)
Bud Ulrich indicated he wanted the number of cases published by district. If Ulrich would read the COVID-19 briefing published every day by the Winnipeg Free Press, he would find the breakdown by area of the city.
There is so much information in the briefing about different areas of our country and much more. The information is very detailed and more in-depth than what we get from the province.
Ruth Brown, Winnipeg
Give Pallister credit
Lets put the brakes on, here. Yes, Brian Pallister and his government have been a mess with the plan and implementation of our COVID-19 response. However, his people are responding in a much better fashion. Primarily because of the public outcry.
More people, at increased age ranges, are getting vaccinated. This is a good thing.
Vaccinations are stepping up, albeit later than sooner, but they are happening. Let’s give credit when it is deserved rather than criticize just because we can.
Brad McKay, Winnipeg
Thanks to doctors
Re: Health system near ‘collapse,’ doctors issue urgent call for total lockdown (May 25)
Thanks to a group of Manitoba doctors who spoke out publicly on Tuesday, Manitobans got a stark and unfiltered look at the "invisible patients" of COVID-19.
We learned that at least five people died while waiting for cardiac surgery that had been delayed because of COVID-19, while many other Manitobans suffered a variety of untreated conditions, some progressive, while waiting for their surgeries.
Later, we learned from Dr. Perry Gray, planning lead for Manitoba’s incident command, that up to 1,000 people per week have had their non-urgent and elective surgeries cancelled.
The numbers are demoralizing, but they give us an unprecedented look at the toll that the virus is taking among non-COVID-19 patients.
Going forward, I hope that Manitoba Health sees fit to make public the numbers pertaining to these invisible patients during their daily weekday briefings as they share the numbers on daily case counts and the resulting death tolls.
This will give us all a more complete picture of our health-care system in Manitoba and one that will make a lot more sense should we or a family member end up on that critical surgery list.
Gloria Taylor, Winnipeg
Vaccine shot is reward enough
Re: Manitobans asked to weigh in on COVID-19 vaccine incentives in online survey (May 24)
I cannot wait to get my second dose and yet the Manitoba government is about to announce an incentive program to encourage residents to get their COVID-19 vaccine.
Holy doody! As if avoiding illness, and potentially, death is not incentive enough. What if the requirement were: no vaccine, then no access to public events? We will need a vaccination card for travel anyway.
Vic Mikolayenko, Winnipeg
Re: Defiant premier blames Manitobans — not own government — for health crisis (May 25)
As a clinical psychologist, I can name several childhood disorders in which one of the symptoms is "a tendency to blame others for their mistakes." I will not hazard to guess which one applies to Premier Brian Pallister — but I cannot recall a time when he has acknowledged making a mistake.
We try to develop growth mindsets in children — instead of blaming children for failing when they try something new, we attribute unexpected outcomes to "learning experiences," and expect that they will learn from their experience.
As part of that process, they must take ownership for their behaviour and learn from it.
Premier Pallister has repeatedly made the same mistakes, and attributed failure to prepare for COVID-19 waves one, two and three, to the fact that we have never had to deal with this type of situation.
Really? We did have opportunity to study Italy’s situation and Toronto’s nursing home tragedy; alas, Premier Pallister did not learn by observation.
In preparation for the second wave, Pallister promised to build an ambulatory intensive care unit to deal with what we assumed would be massive number of cases that were to hit us. Did he forget about that unit when the situation got a little better? Because it would come in handy now!
Failure is when one makes the same mistakes over and over again. Premier Pallister — you have failed, and you still do not take ownership for your mistakes. Now you are blaming Manitobans who patiently waited for the vaccine shots that you stored in the freezer for months while you tried to figure out a "fair" way to dole them out.
The only time I have ever heard you apologize was when you swore at the leader of the Opposition. I’m sure Manitobans will readily forgive you for that. But we will not forgive you for all of the failures that you have not acknowledged and for all of the needless deaths of our loved ones that is on your hands.
It is time to make amends by changing your autocratic, narrow-minded and arrogant approach.
Cathy Moser, Winnipeg
Blame, blame, blame!
I read people’s comments every day and I am tired of everyone blaming Premier Pallister for doing everything wrong. Initially, he was trying to impose reasonable restrictions but still try and keep our economy surviving. The coronavirus got out of hand and who was really able to truly know that was going to happen?
I am tired of NDP Leader Wab Kinew constantly complaining about our premier. I know it is politics, but this is not time for politics! People are dying, our health-care people are exhausted and all Kinew can do is complain! Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont and Kinew are not supportive and they should be part of the solution to help rectify this crisis. It reminds me of the saying "Put your money where your mouth is."
We are in this crisis because people are not staying home or getting test and we are all paying for their carelessness! Yes, the people — not our premier!
Audrey Pritchard, Winnipeg
Re: Pallister plays blame game, no one wins (May 26)
Premier Brian Pallister blames dying COVID-19 patients for his government’s incompetence. He has revealed what he and his ministers — through their acquiescence — really believe, and the picture is ugly.
He blames patients for not listening to his directives, yet, in November, when over 200 doctors wrote an open letter to his government asking for more severe restrictions, did his government listen?
Ministers Kelvin Goertzen and Cameron Friesen have devastated our health system through their budget cuts. Minister Cliff Cullen’s education cuts will be just as ugly.
Alan Dinson, Winnipeg