Mistakes 😡

### Warning… Some days I feel the need to vent. This is one of those days. πŸ˜‰

I live in Saskatchewan. We are one of the largest provinces in Canada by area and we have one of the smallest populations. So far, we are sitting in third place for the number of Covid fatalities per capita in Canada.

Our health facilities have been overwhelmed during every wave of this pandemic. At one point, our ICU’s have been overwhelmed to the point of sending critically ill and dying patients to Ontario, two provinces to our east, for care. For those lucky enough to survive the trauma of being admitted to our hospitals and ICU’s, there is no aftercare to assist in recovery, save what can be found in regular medical clinics, therapists, and the like – which have been overwhelmed by community needs and scaled back to allow for social distancing of clients and staff. There are no special clinics that have been set up to work with those who suffer from long-haul Covid, as has been happening in other jurisdictions in Canada and around the globe. This week, our provincial government released a new budget adding a six per cent provincial tax to gym memberships and services, golf memberships and fees, park fees, sports venues and the like. This, at a time when the cost of eating healthy is rising. This, at a time when adopting and living a healthy lifestyle is more important than ever, if we are to recover and move past this pandemic.

There are people in Saskatchewan who would like to see an official review of what went right and what went wrong during this pandemic, to determine can be done now to best insure that we can deal more efficiently and successfully in the event of future pandemics. Our Premier and his cohorts have vehemently refused to consider any such review.

There was an article in our newspaper this morning, regarding this situation. In it the author noted that there have been mistakes made throughout this pandemic, that should be looked at to insure that they are not repeated.

Why is everything that goes wrong nowadays a mistake or an accident? Whatever happened to decisions and choices? Whatever happened to consequences and accountability? Whatever happened to taking responsibility for the decisions and choices that we make and taking steps to deal with the consequences?

This isn’t just about politics. It is about all of us as parents, professionals, partners, drivers, employers, human beings. The decisions and the choices we all make matter! Even when we decide or choose to do nothing in a situation, it matters. There are consequences that matter. And, none of us are hapless victims. We have the responsibility to make conscious, intelligent, reasonable decisions and choices and we have the power to deal with the consequences when we fail to do so. Life does not get any simpler than that.

Deep breath here. 😌

That is it for today. Thanks for reading. Feel free to leave a comment.

Take care and have a great day. πŸ’ž


26 thoughts on “Mistakes 😡

  1. That’s a beautiful tree! I think it’s time for you guys to move to Ontario or a different province, adding that 6 percent tax is absolutely ludicrous! Shame on them, and for not looking into the way things went wrong.

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  2. I would love to, John. But we aren’t going anywhere until Dan is retired.πŸ’ž That tree is the 500 year old ‘mystic oak tree’ in Souris, Manitoba. I lived there from the time I was three weeks old until I was three years old. 😊

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  3. Venting is healthy and necessary. If we don’t it’ll just build up inside and make us sick. Venting is good. So is evaluation. If you don’t evaluate, how can you avoid making the same mistakes all over again in the future, I wonder..

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  4. It is unreal. Sadly our politicians are a reflection of the people who vote for them – and the ‘Saskatchewan Party’ has total support of most of the people in this province. It is sad and totally mind boggling.

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  5. It’s okay to make mistakes, as long as we learn from them and take responsibility for our actions. I completely agree about how there needs to be more accountability and that politicians (and people in general) should take ownership for those mistakes. And that there should be consequences. Our provincial budget is coming out at the end of april (a month late), can’t wait to see what gems are in store for us.

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  6. Budgets are always a joy. πŸ™„ I know what you mean about mistakes and people do make them but it sounds so trivial (to me) when it involves deliberate government decisions that cost over a thousand lives. Or when police respond to a domestic abuse, drag off a young woman that is distraught and yelling that her baby is in her home with a dangerous man, so the police drag her off to jail because she seems drunk(but do not check out her story) and go back a couple of hours later to respond to another call – to find a dead baby and a drunk and violent male. That’s not a mistake. That is Saskatchewan systematic racism. Good luck with your budget!

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