Deeply concerning — The decision of the federal government to make a tender notice to determine those who would be interested in building these federal quarantine/isolation sites has many Canadians very concerned. A lot of these concerns come from primarily two things;
1.) The governments very general language in the tender notice that states “The Government of Canada is considering engaging a third party service provider for federal quarantine/isolation sites that will be used to house and care for people for public health and other related federal requirements associated with the COVID-19 pandemic response.”
2.) The refusal of the Ontario provincial government to answer independent MPP Randy Hillier’s question regarding their use and function.
Mr. Hillier asked the premier the following,
“In September, the federal government posted a call for expressions of interest. For contractors to supply, provide and manage quarantine isolation camps throughout every province and every territory in Canada. These quarantine isolation camps however are not limited to people with COVID, but provide a wide latitude for many people to be detained.
The answer he received did nothing to address the crux of the question. The government house leader, Paul Calandra talked about people leaving the country and returning to isolate upon return. He continued to talk about how this is a “good policy” that has “been working.” There was no attempt to address the ambiguity of the tender notice, or to answer Mr. Hillier’s questions in specifics of how many camps will be built, and how many are expected to be detained.
Not to be built — yet
“The purpose of this Request for Information (RFI) is to seek feedback from potential service providers in order to develop a strategy for the potential future management of these sites going forward.” The tender notice goes on to say “this is not a bid solicitation. This RFI will not result in the award of any contract.” It goes on to tell any potential supplies of any good or services describes in the RFI to not reserve stock or facilities, and to not allocate resources as a result of the information contained in the RFI.
Why put out a tender notice for expressions of interest, and tell those suppliers who showed interest not to prepare if there was intention on building them in the short term? Is it possible that the liberal government plans on these being built years and years down the road? If this is the case, how could one try to justify that these camps are for COVID? That alone should cause Canadians to cringe.
The numbers have shown that COVID isn’t overwhelming our healthcare systems (as previously feared), and that those that are healthy under the age of 65 are not in any great danger.
Breaking down the language
“Federal quarantine/isolation sites that will be used to house and care for people for public health and other related federal requirements associated with the COVID-19 pandemic response.”
What are the other related federal requirements? What if they start forcing PCR testing on everyone on a weekly basis to be able to participate in society? What if I refused because the PCR test is inherently unreliable, and even the creator of the test said it should not be used to diagnose illness? Would I find myself in one of these federal isolation/quarantine facilities?
What if I come into contact with a “probable” COVID exposure? Even with no symptoms, could I be subjected to a COVID test against my will? The generalities in this document should concern each and every Canadian. What if while at one of these facilities, I want to leave as I am displaying no symptoms? What would happen to me If I attempted to leave?
This was precisely the question I posed to ONYX in Alberta who was an early adopter in providing a facility meant to isolate COVID patients. I asked what would happen if a person wanted to leave — would they be prevented? I was told no, not by the staff at ONYX. I then asked if Alberta Public Health would bring them back or fine them — I was given no answer and was then passed off to Alberta Public Health for an answer. I have yet to receive a response.
We must demand answers out of Government or risk becoming a society with likened to George Orwell’s book 1984.
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