Until the Americans get a lid on it, no exceptions should be the rule
I was happy to see Sault Ste. Marie MP Terry Sheehan contradict the word from Lake Superior State University that its Canadian students could cross the border freely without self-isolation restrictions.
Fred Pierce, LSSU dean of admission and marketing, was quoted in a story in The Sault Star as saying he had been in constant contact with the Canadian Border Services Agency and LSSU had requested and received an exemption for Canadian students once the federal government had implemented the new continued closure date until Aug. 21.
“The CBSA made all the decisions to my knowledge,” Pierce said.
But Sheehan said he’d spoken with ministers responsible for Public Health Canada and Canadian Border Services Agency and they confirmed that policies and regulations that are in place under the Quarantine Act remain so.
And so they should.
The Americans do not have their house in order in regard to Covid-19 and until they do I believe the border between our two countries should remain closed.
As far as I am concerned, I don’t want Americans coming here and until the virus is under control, I likewise don’t want to see Canadians travelling back and forth freely over the International Bridge.
I realize this will be hard on Canadian students enrolled at Lake State but they are not the only ones hurting because of the virus.
It is all part of the continuing fight against a virus that is affecting millions.
We have had it pretty good in the Sault and Algoma District with only 27 people testing positive and no deaths.
With the wearing of masks being accepted so well by the community, we have a good chance of keeping it that way if our border isn’t thrown open.
In regard to others affected by the virus, Sault Greyhounds is among them as there are three American teams, Saginaw and Flint in Michigan and Erie in Pennsylvania, in the Ontario Hockey League. As well, the Sault College Cougars, who play in Division 2 of the American Collegiate Hockey Association, will obviously have to sit out until the Americans get the virus under control and the border can be opened.
The Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League will feel some effect as it has one American entry, the Eagles from Sault Michigan.
Sault Star sports writer Peter Ruicci quoted Tim Lukenda, president of the Greyhounds, as saying he hopes teams in the OHL can distinguish themselves from major league baseball, which has seen the Canadian government not allow the country’s only major league team, the Toronto Blue Jays, to travel back and forth, forcing it to play out of a stadium in Buffalo.
Lukenda told Ruicci OHL teams aren’t travelling to, or welcoming teams “from Tampa and Miami. Our circumstances are different in terms of the geography involved, but also the ability to perhaps limit over-night stays.”
I, of course, disagree that there is any difference in the teams’ situations.
The virus is in the U.S., in all parts of the U.S., and Pennsylvania and Michigan are among the hotspots.
As such, as long as the Americans fail to adequately control the virus, the border between our two countries should remain closed to all but essential travel, a category into which sports teams don’t fit.
Lukenda appears to be willing to operate with limited seating, the standard seems to be 30 per cent, which would mean the team would take a bath financially.
But there is also the question of how it would be decided as to who gets to attend games.
Would only season ticket holders get to go or would some be left for buyers looking for a single game? In regard to season ticket holders, how would this work because with limited seating obviously all could not be accommodated?
The hope has to be the league will get in some kind of season, but that leads to another question in regard to season-ticket holders. Do they get a rebate or will it be put toward next year’s payment? What about the person who doesn’t intend to renew?
I guess this is just part of the new normal.
ALL LIVES MATTER.
That is the rallying cry of those, pretty well all of whom are white, who oppose the Black Lives Matter movement sweeping the United States.
They, of course, are right in saying all lives matter, but they are missing the point.
Being white, they have no fear going out at night, no fear if they are pulled over by police that they will get anything other than a citation possibly for a driving offence, unless, of course, they have been drinking.
A black man doesn’t have that luxury.
He fears being pulled over because he has no idea if he is going to come out of the situation alive, considering how many have been gunned down or choked to death by rogue police in recent years.
That is something those espousing the All Lives Matter cause don’t seem to understand.
In retrospect, the Black Lives Matter people probably should have added one word to their standard.
They should have made it Black Lives Matter Too.
I believe that would have spelled it out in a way that those in opposition to the present wording would be able to understand.