Similar to people in communities across Alberta, many residents of Drayton Valley are frustrated. On Sunday afternoon, Jan.17 many showed up at the offices of their elected officials to leave messages of concern. No gathering took place in the interest of public safety, but the message was clear that every level of government isn’t doing enough to address the concerns of its citizens.
People requested for all businesses to be opened to provide parity for all, for outdoor restrictions to be removed, reduction of salaries for politicians and bureaucracy alike, and for better more clear information to be provided with the daily COVID update from the province.
The information that is requested is briefly summarized as requesting the age ranges of those deceased, how many have co-morbidities, a breakdown where the case numbers are located (in their own homes vs public care facilities), what the stats need to look like that would either increase or decrease restrictions, (goalposts) why the input of David Redman has not been sought out or ignored, and what the province will do to protect individual rights if businesses start to demand proof of vaccinations so that they can better understand what we’re collectively facing.
The provincial and federal governments have had nearly 10 months to plan to address the issues, and yet they seem to still be at the starting point, providing inconsistent messaging with a lack of supporting detail as to what information was utilized in their decision making process. These Albertans and Canadians deserve better, as do all citizens.
— Tim Cameron