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Advocating for improving Thunder Bay’s Covid-19 response

  Monday, March 15, 2021 Dear Honourables Michael Gravelle, Judith Monteith-Farrell, Patty Harju and Dr. Marcus Powlowsky.  My name is Laura Jean Rutherford, and I am currently a resident at AgeCare-Skypointe Community Care facility in Calgary, Alberta on a Long Term Care unit. I have lived in Calgary since March 2005. I was born, grew up and lived in Thunder Bay for 34 years (Sept 1970 to March 2005). You must be wondering why I am writing to the politicians representing NWO constituents in both the federal and provincial governments. There is a simple reason - you are all failing the citizens during this second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, who live in the NWO communities including the city of Thunder Bay. I might not live in Thunder Bay now, but I care what is happening to my hometown as my parents and friends still live there. I am writing this letter advocating for my dad (82 years old), my mom (78 years old) as well as being a voice to any citizen of Thunder Bay and in other

Letter to Tyler Shandro - Concerns about his Covid response and Rapid Covid tests

  Tuesday, February 16, 2021 Dear Honourable Tyler Shandro. I am writing to you again to express my concerns on the decision making and the lack of leadership in respect of your ministry to the Covid-19 response. You have failed me, my fellow residents who live in community care facilities and you failed Albertans in general. So disappointing and irresponsible.  Watching you at a few of the recent Covid briefings, I am confused of your sudden concern for Albertans’ public health and the strain to our healthcare system due to the new UK and South African variants. At your briefing where you mentioned the seriousness we needed to be aware of these more highly contagious and deadlier virus. At this briefing we had 20 cases with the UK variant and 5 cases with the the South African variant. We now have 171 Variant cases. My question for you Minister Shandro, where was this concern for Albertans and the worry of strain to our healthcare system in early November 2020 when we were toppi

Ending 2020 and beginning a new year - 2021

  We are into a new year - 2021. 2020 - Year of Covid is now in our rear view mirror. But is it really? Sadly no, we are dealing with consequences of COVID-19 pandemic as it surges on into 2021. It probably won’t subsidize until late fall 2021 when the federal government of Canada predicts that any Canadian who wishes to be vaccinated, will be and can be. Though the virus has spread rapidly in a short period of time globally, the vaccination of 6-7 billion people will take time. To have multiple pharmaceutical companies developed and trialled to being accepted by US, UK, EU and Canada’s Health management agencies to approve the trial results and determining it safe to give to Canadians less than a year from it began here has been a huge accomplishment. That should be recognized, as a silver lining to awful pandemic of 2020 we have endured.   This pandemic has opened the eyes to many people of all walks of life. There hasn’t been one sector of the human society that has not been impac

Open letter to Premier Jason Kenney

 January 4, 2020 Dear Honourable Jason Kenney, Premier of Alberta.   I find myself writing to you yet again to express my concerns about Alberta’s response to COVID-19. I have sent your office numerous correspondences, mostly recently on Dec 28, 2020. I have strong concerns about the extent to which the government of Alberta’s plans will protect the lives of Albertans.  I currently reside live at the AgeCare-Skypointe Community Care Living Facility which houses approximately 350 residents. We are situated in the upper NE quadrant, which is located in Calgary’s ‘hotspot. AgeCare-Skypointe has been in the news since Dec 26, 2020 due to the major COVID outbreak at my facility.  Our first COVID positive case occurred on Oct 11. Subsequently, all residents were forced to quarantine in our rooms for a minimum of 14 days. As of today, many residents, myself included, remain cooped up in our small rooms (roughly 350 square feet) for the foreseeable future.  What this means for me, prem

Letter to Premier Kenney - Where are the Rapid Covid Testing Kits for LTC facilities?

  Monday December 28, 2020 Dear Honourable Jason Kenney, Premier of Alberta and Honourable Tyler Shandro, Minister of Health. Premier Kenney and Minister Shandro, I am writing to you both again about your lack of response to the Covid situation of our province. I have sent you both emails and formal letter via email expressing my concerns on how you both have been handling the Covid response: Premier Kenney I wrote you a letter on Saturday December 5, in regards to your lack if Covid response despite surging cases, hospitalizations, increase ICU admissions as well as deaths.  I wrote an email to Dr. Hinshaw on November 7 asking for more Covid restrictions, which you both were cc’d on. November 16, I emailed you Premier Kenney asking for the need of more Covid restrictions to stop the surge of Covid cases, hospitalizations and deaths.  On November 19 & November 20 I emailed you Premier Kenney asking where is the rapid testing you promised us in the Spring that you

Have you been catfished? I just did

  Have you caught in a “catfish scheme”? Do you what a catfish scheme is? I had only heard about such a romance scheme from the TLC series, Sister Wives, where the wife Meri was hooked into this romantic relationship from her social media with what she thought was a guy, at first . This had gone on for months. The person said all the right things to someone who was vulnerable and she happened to be going through the emotions of divorce. To top it off, her self-confidence and self-worth was low. How Meri explained it, the person told her the things she make her better and thought she was able to move forward in her life. It was when Meri started asking if she could meet with him did thing started to get murky. Eventually, Meri found out this relationship was all a lie, a fake. The person behind this relationship, wasn’t a guy but a woman. What this must be to a person’s emotional and mental psyche. It can seriously mess you up once you start processing everything from the beginning. You