Letters to the Editor, Nov. 16
Re “Ontario’s medical officers of health must resign” (Irvin Studin, Nov. 10): From the start of the COVID crisis, Ontario has been governed by 34 medical health officers since our political leaders have given them that authority. Indeed, Premier Doug Ford has said that he “always defers” to his chief medical officer. The problem here is that these medical officials are unelected and accountable to no one. It amounts to medical dictatorship and is undemocratic. This is supposed to be a temporary situation due to the COVID emergency, but it’s been almost two years. In that time, medical officers made many highly questionable decisions in response to COVID that caused severe economic and social harm to Ontarians with no repercussions. We need to revert back to having elected, accountable politicians govern the province. If not, it’s pointless calling our system of government democratic.
(But as Ford also pointed out some time ago, it was political suicide for any politician to defy or dare to question their medical officer’s advice. That said, it still doesn’t get them off the hook from making decisions, no matter how difficult)
On Remembrance Day, Canadians paid honour and showed support for the sacrifices of Canada’s Armed Forces by raising funds for veterans. All religions guide and inspire their members to promote love, kindness, care, appreciation for good work, serving humanity, and helping others in need. In Islam also, Prophet Muhammad said, “Love for one’s country is part of faith.” As an Ahmadi Muslim Canadian, I show support for Canada’s troops and veterans who sacrificed their lives and for those who are protecting us selflessly even today. I show my appreciation by participating in the ceremonies with my family. I also donated for the veterans, wore poppies, and prayed for them. Let’s join our hands and promote peace and harmony. Let’s become the messenger of hope and bring smiles to the faces of our people. Let’s adopt the attitude of gratitude and say thank you to all who are there for us in our time of need.