UCP member urges Alberta Premier Jason Kenney to admit he mishandled COVID-19 response, take action

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One of the legislature members of Alberta Premier Jason Kenney asked him to acknowledge that he thwarted the fourth wave of COVID-19 and outline a plan to cure it.

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In a posting on Twitter, Leela Ahir said the leader of the United Conservative government needed to show some humility in the face of the crisis that is pushing the provincial health system to the brink of collapse.

Ahir had been critical of Kenny’s actions earlier in the pandemic and was ousted from cabinet in early July, though the premier denied that the demotion was a punishment for his remarks.

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Kenny’s COVID-19 cabinet committee has been meeting for two days to find a solution to spiraling cases that have pushed intensive care beds beyond normal capacity and forced the cancellation of non-urgent surgeries in a big way .

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The province’s chief medical health officer, Dr Dina Hinshaw, said this week that the government’s decision to lift nearly all health restrictions in early July was wrong and set the fuse on the current skyrocketing caseload.

Kenny has resisted calls to implement a vaccine passport, which is now being implemented in other provinces and denied access to places such as restaurants, pubs and sporting events to those who are not fully vaccinated. Will give

Criticism of school trustees

The UCP government is also facing criticism from the central Alberta school district for shifting responsibility for COVID-19 public health decisions to school boards.

Red Deer Public Schools, in a letter to Education Minister Adriana LaGrange and Red Deer South legislator Jason Stephen, say school boards differ in their health decisions, which has led to “division and chaos” in communities in Alberta.

Red Deer trustees say the government has abdicated its responsibility to lead in challenging circumstances and protect the health of students and families.

The government has said that school authorities have the capacity to take additional safety measures, including physical distancing and mask mandatory, but are not required to do so.

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In the letter, the trustees say that leadership is about making decisions with the people.

They say Red Deer Public Schools will make the best choices for their communities, even though decisions must fall under provincial jurisdiction.

“Your government has put what was right in the realm of government and public health at the feet of the school boards,” the letter said.

“By doing this, you have further increased the division and frustration in communities in Alberta, negatively impacting the teaching and learning of students who have already been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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