We were appalled last week to hear that an assault of a Centre Wellington District High School student is, according to parents and students, part of an escalating pattern of abuse and violence targeting the school’s 2SLGBTQ+, BIPOC and special needs students.
In 1944 thousands of brave men of my grandfather’s generation stormed the beaches of Normandy in the name of freedom. Fast forward 77 years, and antivaxxers are storming food courts and protesting outside hospitals. It’s as if we are living in some sort of alternative timeline.
Ironically, the same crowd that downplayed COVID-19 because it “only” affected about three per cent of Canadians and “only” killed about 0.7% is now somehow extremely concerned about their 0.018% chance of having an adverse reaction to a COVID-19 vaccine.
“It’s hard not to feel like people have given up on us, and we take it personally.” Those heartbreaking words came from Lisa Roszel, director of intensive care at Guelph General Hospital, who was describing the sentiments of her ICU staff.