Dr Bonnie Henry: "This is our time to be kind, be calm, and to be safe."

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Dr Bonnie Henry: "This is our time to be kind, be calm, and to be safe."

"This is our time to be kind, be calm, and to  be safe."

Dr. Bonnie Henry has become B.C.’s Great Communicator

 

 

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  • Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry’s reassuring manner soothes British Columbians feeling anxious, upset, and disconnected by the COVID-19 crisis.

 

  • Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry’s reassuring manner soothes British Columbians feeling anxious, upset, and disconnected by the COVID-19 crisis.

In retrospect, the B.C. NDP government’s decision to appoint her as the provincial public health officer in 2018 appears to be saving lives.

https://www.straight.com/covid-19-pandemic/henry-is-bcs-great-communicator

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Dr Bonnie Henry authored a book entitled 'Soap and Water and Common Sense'

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DYK there is a Dr Bonnie Henry Fan Club with 13,000 members on Facebook?

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I hope Dr Bonnie Henry can access my poem. She is my Hero and because of her, WE ARE STRONG

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Emily Jane

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My husband is an artist but is not on Facebook, drew this lovely image (digital) of Dr.Henry. Her kind and knowledgeable demeanour has kept our household feeling calm through these bizarre times! Image by Pat McCallum.

 1 person, possible text that says 'BE KIND BE CALM BE SAFE'

 

 

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28 April at 15:12

Just made this for my vehicle today ❤

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"This is our time to be kind, be calm, and to  be safe."

Dr. Bonnie Henry has become B.C.’s Great Communicator

 

 

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  • Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry’s reassuring manner soothes British Columbians feeling anxious, upset, and disconnected by the COVID-19 crisis.

 

  • Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry’s reassuring manner soothes British Columbians feeling anxious, upset, and disconnected by the COVID-19 crisis.

In retrospect, the B.C. NDP government’s decision to appoint her as the provincial public health officer in 2018 appears to be saving lives.

https://www.straight.com/covid-19-pandemic/henry-is-bcs-great-communicator

Great article. She is leading a great team. Her previous role as Executive Director of the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control and then the Deputy in the job she holds now has made her the most effective Public Health officer in the country. Be kind to her team and acknowledge them as well.

Dr. Joseph Finkler, a St. Paul’s Hospital emergency-room physician who survived COVID-19, credits Henry for repeating sound medical advice in easy-to-understand language.

In a phone interview with the Straight, Finkler pointed out that B.C.’s success is also integrally linked to a bunch of experts—in fields ranging from epidemiology to mathematics—who have done impressive modelling work underscoring what Henry says.

“When Bonnie Henry speaks, her script is made by a whole bunch of background researchers,” Finkler said. “It’s like Hollywood. She’s not quite the actor, but a little bit…She’s done a great job.”

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Skyrocketing support for the John Horgan-led BC NDP Government's approach to the easing of covid-19 restrictions. 

On Wednesday Premier John Horgan unveiled a plan for a gradual re-opening of the Province, which has been met with an overwhelming endorsement of BC residents at least conceptually, according to a new Insights West poll conducted with 747 BC residents immediately after the press conference. However, many residents feel the re-opening is proceeding too quickly, and there is some resistance towards social gatherings of small groups, eating at restaurants, in-person schooling, and hair salons.

There is an extremely high level of support for John Horgan’s announced plan to gradually re-open the province as announced on Wednesday May 6, 2020. A total of 79% back the plan

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“Rarely in polling do we find support above 70% for any public initiative that is announced by a standing Premier” says Steve Mossop, president of Insights West. “John Horgan can rest assured that the public is backing his plan—and if anything, he should continue to proceed ultra-cautiously, as BC residents are leaning towards a very conservative approach of ‘returning to normal’ in the Province of BC as this pandemic unfolds.”

https://www.insightswest.com/news/may-covid-bc-opening/

 

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Covid-19 is still lingering in BC

COVID-19: B.C. health officials report 29 new coronavirus cases, one new death

https://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/covid-19-b-c-health-officials-report-29-new-coronavirus-cases-one-new-death/wcm/d5461ddc-daba-4b8e-ae81-679e6ac4b5ab/

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Global TV Covid-19 Town Hall with BC Premier John Horgan on May 12 at 6:30 PM

https://globalnews.ca/news/6923789/john-horgan-coronavirus-global-town-hall/

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Province delays dismantling Victoria homeless camps as 250 people remain in Topaz Park, Pandora Avenue

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It has been brought to my attention that the term" Dr Bonnie" is inappropriate, and upon reflection, I unreservably apologize for using it. The appropriate term is "Dr Bonnie Henry" which I will use from now on. 

Aristotleded24

This was a truly disgusting thing Dr. Henry did:

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A woman in her 80s who contracted COVID-19 at a birthday party is the latest person to die of the disease in B.C., a sobering reminder of the risk of small gatherings, as the province announced 234 more cases of COVID-19 on Thursday.

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry highlighted the woman's death as she urged British Columbians to get back on track, while cases — many tied to small gatherings in private homes — continue to climb.

"Somebody unknowingly brought COVID-19 and even though it was a small party in one person's home, the majority of people who were in that home became infected with COVID-19," Henry said of the Fraser Valley birthday party of fewer than 10 people.

"The tragedy of this death is one that I want to share with you because it is something that reminds us of how important the measures that we need to take right now can be in protecting lives."

Dr. Henry rose to national prominence as a calming voice of reason during the pandemic. Highlighting this individual case goes against that and against the basics of public health. Basically what she's saying is, "it's these people's fault for gathering that the coronavirus is spreading and that someone died." Over 5o million people have been infected with covid. If you look hard enough you can always find these individual cases that can be contorted to blame on someone. Obviously this death is a tragedy, and condolences to the families. I really wish that it hand't happened, but I at least hope that this person's final gathering was enjoyable. And what if this wasn't during a pandemic, they decided to drive somewhere, and were killed in a car accident along the way? Would we still be moralizing about, "well, if they didn't drive they would still be alive?" If I was a family member of the deceased, I would be outraged at this death being used in such a disrespectful manner, and I would want to use every platform available to express that disgust.

Disgraceful. If Dr. Henry had any integrity, she would have resigned her position while calling out the BC government for using her in the way that they have.

melovesproles

I don't see what is disgusting. She doesn't name them. It's a cautionary tale because cases are going up. I don't think she has handled this perfectly but I think she has done a good job of steering a path where people have a little empathy for each other. If you listen to her press conferences, the media consistently tries to bait her into condemning people and their behaviour. If the pandemic gets out of control in BC, she will probably pay a political price but I've been impressed at her communication strategy overall.

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melovesproles wrote:
I don't see what is disgusting. She doesn't name them. It's a cautionary tale because cases are going up.

How is it a cautionary tale? These kinds of tragedies happen every day, but nobody notices and they never make media attention. Of course things like this are going to happen with covid. They happen with other causes of death. Even a flu could have had this impact, but we would never know because we aren't watching for it. Sure it makes for good media stories during a pandemic, but I don't see any public news value in highlighting this particular tragedy at all.

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If you listen to her press conferences, the media consistently tries to bait her into condemning people and their behaviour. If the pandemic gets out of control in BC, she will probably pay a political price but I've been impressed at her communication strategy overall.

She is probably one of the best because of her experience with SARS. The other Chief Medical Officers of health just happened to be in their position when the pandemic hit, and either don't seem to know what they are doing and are incabable of empathizing with the public.

That said, I don't see why Henry (or any of her other counterparts, for that matter) will suffer at all. They are well-paid, and even if things go wrong and they are blamed, will probably be able to pick themselves off and move along quite nicely. That's not true of so many people whose lives have been ruined by dictatorial government actions masquerading as public health strategy.

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By big beef with Dr. Henry right now is that she has not instituted a mandatory mask mandate in Metro Vancouver, and COVID cases are surging. Metro Vancouver is currently the only large city in Canada that doesn't have a mandatory mask mandate.

Aristotleded24

Masks have been mandatory indoors in Winnipeg since September 28 and that hasn't stemmed the rise in cases at all.

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That's not true of so many people whose lives have been ruined by dictatorial government actions masquerading as public health strategy.

I don't see how things have been 'dictatorial' here. From the beginning of the pandemic, the impetus to use a heavy hand has been pushed pretty strongly by many in the media. Do you remember how hard the media was pushing the War Measures Act in March? I think the government has generally resisted the demands of the most anxious and authoritarian. 

I haven't followed your posts that closely on this topic but I get the impression that you seem to think the response to Covid has been overblown. Do you know many people who work in healthcare or in reopened schools and do you find they share your opinion? My relationships with workers in those fields and their opinions on the subject are the main reason why I've bought into the Covid response. In general I find many of them wish the government's response had been stricter. What you call dictatorial seems more like basic solidarity to me.

As Left Hand points out, BC has tended to avoid mandatory bans and decrees, often in opposition to an anxious public and media that has wanted to see stronger measures. The strategy instead has been to try to use persuasion as much as possible and the use of anecdotes like the one you find so "disgusting." Again, I don't think BC's response has been perfect but the peanut gallery has a much easier task coaching from their armchairs.

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melovesproles wrote:
As Left Hand points out, BC has tended to avoid mandatory bans and decrees, often in opposition to an anxious public and media that has wanted to see stronger measures. The strategy instead has been to try to use persuasion as much as possible and the use of anecdotes like the one you find so "disgusting." Again, I don't think BC's response has been perfect but the peanut gallery has a much easier task coaching from their armchairs.

Remember the adage, "the plural of anecdote is not data?" Each individual gathering is unique as the person or group of people attending. There were so many other variables that could have happened. Why focus on just the covid aspect?

melovesproles wrote:
I haven't followed your posts that closely on this topic but I get the impression that you seem to think the response to Covid has been overblown. Do you know many people who work in healthcare or in reopened schools and do you find they share your opinion? My relationships with workers in those fields and their opinions on the subject are the main reason why I've bought into the Covid response. In general I find many of them wish the government's response had been stricter. What you call dictatorial seems more like basic solidarity to me.

I believe it is overblown, and this is in large part a manufactured panic. You have the news media extensively focusing on covid and tilting their coverage to make everything covid related. You also have social media platforms that are designed to be addictive and pull people in, and of course the algorithms are going to magnify covid fear because that is on everybody's minds. How do you expect anyone to have a rational, objective discussion about the risks of covid in this context?

As for your relationships with health care workers and teachers? Obviously they need our support to do our jobs properly. But for teachers in particular, is there any objective reason why schools need to close down or be extra careful, when it is quite clear that children are a very low risk from covid? These "teachers" who wrote to the government asking for "stricter measures," did any of the reporters even bother asking that question? When it comes to asking for restrictions, that crosses a line for me, because I don't think it's appropriate for, suppose 100 doctors, to demand restrictions on the movements of millions of people. I also find it too much of a coincidence that after lockdowns in Europe and the UK, with the media here talking about lockdowns (or the bullshit euphamism known as a "circuit breaker") that suddenly these "experts" are writing letters calling for lockdowns. For all we know there are more front-line doctors and professionals begging the government not to lockdown, but they aren't receiving any attention. Speaking of supporting front-line health care workers, is it fair to them to ask them to homeschool their children after grueling 12-hour days in the hospital?

There is another note about personal relationships with people in different professions that I think is relevant. I have relatives who served as dispatchers in police call centres. You talk to police officers or anyone close to them, and they will tell you how hard police officers work. They will tell you that it is a constant thankless job, and they are very defensive at the suggestion that anyone who hasn't chased down someone caught breaking into a house, been spit on, and then let off in court over a technicality has any business telling them how to do their jobs. In their minds, as long as you obey the law you are fine, and anyone who has a problem with police usually did something to bring that on. Obviously that viewpoint does not dicate public policy, and it needs to be balanced against other interests. It's the same with other professions.

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Aristotleded24 wrote:

In their minds, as long as you obey the law you are fine, and anyone who has a problem with police usually did something to bring that on.

To anyone who has ever had personal experience with criminal courts this is as obviously false as an idea could possibly be. It doesn't need to be accommodated, it needs to be continuously debunked.

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Aristotleded24 wrote:

In their minds, as long as you obey the law you are fine, and anyone who has a problem with police usually did something to bring that on.

To anyone who has ever had personal experience with criminal courts this is as obviously false as an idea could possibly be. It doesn't need to be accommodated, it needs to be continuously debunked.

Police officers have experience with criminal courts, and since many people know police officers, of course they are going to agree with the police point of view.

My overall point is that you can't let the view of any one profession dominate or make all the rules that everyone else has to follow. That's also true of medical experts. Think of how much freedom we would lose if we turned over the reins of power to medical experts to ban or control anything they deem dangerous. For example, do you or anyone you know like hanging out on the beach in the summer? If it was up to dermatologists, that would not be allowed.

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OMG!

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Enough coddling. If there is a vaccine for a contagious disease and people refuse the vaccine they should've be severely punished and forcefully vaccinated as they are putting other people's lives in danger.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/coronavirus-vaccine-covid...

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Enough coddling. If there is a vaccine for a contagious disease and people refuse the vaccine they should've be severely punished and forcefully vaccinated as they are putting other people's lives in danger.
">https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/coronavirus-vaccine-covid...

That's disturbing that people would call for censorship of dissenting opinions. There are legitimate questions about the safety and efficacy of a vaccine that has been developed this quickly.

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Washington State Gov Inslee showing great leadership has just announced the prohibition of social gatherings and max 5 for outdoor gatherings Wa State hospitals with Covid19 patients have jumped 40% within the past week We all have to be responsible here and not jeopardize our health care workers and essential workers nor our society any more. Our health care workers are burned out and we need to follow our public health officials and science

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Enough coddling. If there is a vaccine for a contagious disease and people refuse the vaccine they should've be severely punished and forcefully vaccinated as they are putting other people's lives in danger.
">https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/coronavirus-vaccine-covid...

Interestingly your fascist rant has nothing to do with the content of the article it is attached to. My body my choice when it comes to the state and intrusions. I have never gotten a flu shot and never will but you are saying that the state should force me to. Fuck you and all your fascist friends.

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Keith Baldrey (@keithbaldrey) Tweeted:
Meanwhile, Washington state is about to go into semi-lockdown mode starting tomorrow. No indoor service in restaurants and bars. Strict 25% occupancy rate in retail and service shops. All gyms closed. To last 4 weeks. Is BC headed down that path again? #COVID19 https://twitter.com/keithbaldrey/status/1327821096200986624?s=20

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Dr. Theresa Tam (@CPHO_Canada) Tweeted:
1/3 #COVID19 key concerns in An important driver of increased #COVID19 activity continues to be informal social gatherings and activities both inside and outside our homes

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Our health care workers are burning out and we need to protect them

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Dr Bonnie Henry, who has been overseeing an area in North America with one of, if not the best, record of fighting Covid-19 will be having a presser in 15 min Folks might want to listen to what she has to say as opposed to the vast amount of misinformation such as Sweden has the answer to addressing Covid-19 that is being spewed out, including from here.

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NBC News (@NBCNews) Tweeted:
US coronavirus cases in November:

Nov. 1: 76,771
Nov. 2: 86,589
Nov. 3: 91,910
Nov. 4: 104,296
Nov. 5: 121,289
Nov. 6: 126,731
Nov. 7: 125,100
Nov. 8: 109,177
Nov. 9: 133,819
Nov. 10: 131,990
Nov. 11: 148,302
Nov. 12: 161,651
Nov. 13: 176,309
Nov. 14: 156,416
Nov. 15: 133,534 https://twitter.com/NBCNews/status/1328356901936123904?s=20

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Dr Bonnie Henry wears a mask and expects you to wear one as well.

https://www.straight.com/news/dr-bonnie-henry-masks-and-covid-19-one-of-...

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Sad to see people in the Trump cult losing their thinking abilities and paying the supreme sacrifice for it.

https://www.wivb.com/news/south-dakota-nurse-says-some-patients-deny-cov...

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