BABER: The mental health impact of lockdown on Ontario’s youth

Author of the article:Roman BaberPublishing date:Jan 28, 2021  •  1 hour ago  •  2 minute read

York Centre MPP Roman Baber. PHOTO BY ROMAN BABER /Twitter

Let’s talk. Let’s talk about kids’ mental health.

I hear from many parents that school closures and the inability to lead a normal life have caused their children to develop anxiety. Several parents have told me that they don’t recognize or are estranged from their children. Some parents are also concerned about trauma induced by lockdown or PTSD.

The toll on children’s mental health is compounded by the abject failure of distance learning. Children are desperately missing in-person interaction with their friends. They cannot sit in front of a computer screen for six hours a day. Parents do not substitute the role of educators. Teachers who are also parents of current students are struggling to balance their virtual class with the daily needs of their own children.

Frustration is boiling over while our kids are regressing by the day.

In early December 2020, Sick Kids hospital released preliminary findings of its own study, conducted by four leading child mental health research teams. The study examined how the spring lockdown affected the mental health and well-being of children and families. According to preliminary findings, during the spring lockdown 70% of children and youth reported worse mental health. “Greater stress from social isolation was the most significant risk factor for worse mental health.”

In a Jan. 25, 2021, news release, the Pediatricians Alliance of Ontario expressed strong support for reopening of schools as soon as possible. The Pediatricians Alliance wrote that “school closures are having a major and immediate effect on the emotional functioning and physical health of children and families.”

“Pediatricians are seeing a sharp increase in suicidal attempts, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, overdoses, eating disorders, obesity, and late presentation of a host of medical conditions in patients,” the Pediatricians Alliance wrote.

Not a single child died in the province of Ontario from COVID-19. Not one. Yet we are scaring children into believing that coming in close proximity to another child may result in death. Two weeks ago, I wrote to Premier Doug Ford that this generation of children may be afraid of normal life. We should stop this. Government, educators and parents must make every attempt to refrain from scaring children.

Worse, the lockdown is causing children an untold health and mental health catastrophe. The crisis is in long-term care and retirement homes, not schools. We must let kids be kids again. They need to be back in school, learning, socializing, active and unafraid.

Nothing else will do — we need to immediately reopen Ontario’s schools.

— Roman Baber is an Independent Member of Provincial Parliament for York Centre.

BABER: The mental health impact of lockdown on Ontario’s youth | Toronto Sun

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Doctor claims he was fired from key role due to pandemic response criticism

BY NEWS STAFF

Posted Jan 27, 2021 7:58 pm EST

The Interim Medical Director of Critical Care at William Osler Health System claims he was terminated from the role due to his “outspoken, public statements about Ontario’s pandemic response.”

Dr. Brooks Fallis said he was deeply disappointed in the decision by the hospital to terminate his contract, considering he says he had already received an offer to extend it.

Dr. Fallis claims he learned of the reversal of this decision in mid-January when he was told by senior officials that he was being let go as Interim Medical Director.

He claims those senior officials told Dr. Fallis because of his actions, “the hospital was under pressure from the provincial government, leading to concern about the possible loss of funding for the hospital.”


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William Osler Health System released a statement, saying, “At no time has the provincial government given any direction or advice relating to HR matters at Osler. Any suggestion otherwise is absolutely false.”

They added they were unable to comment on human resources matters and that the role as Medical Director of Critical Care was an interim one  and they are currently recruiting a physician for this position permanently.

A group of doctors at William Osler Health System also wrote a letter to senior officials, saying they were shocked and saddened by this news and said they couldn’t support the Senior Leadership’s decision to terminate Dr. Fallis.

“We feel strongly that this decision does not serve the best interests of our patients, staff, or the institution,” read the letter. “We urgently request the opportunity to discuss this with you, by videoconference, given the limitations imposed by the pandemic.”

Dr. Fallis says he will remain a critical care physician at William Osler Health System.

Doctor claims he was fired from key role due to pandemic response criticism (680news.com)

John Brennan’s Dark Fantasies Become a Homeland Security Bulletin

by Chris Farrell

  • Why did Brennan leave out communists?
  • We have every reason to suspect Schiff’s motives and the law enforcement legitimacy of his proposal. Combined with Brennan’s theories – this sort of thinking comprises the dark fantasies of people seeking to destroy liberty in the name of defending the Constitution.
  • The Biden administration, its allies, advocates, and television sock puppets are advancing a Constitution-threatening series of initiatives disguised as “safety and security” measures. This, combined with the Big Social Media-backed suppression of free speech, and not-so-subtle “shaming,” are all aimed at crushing opposition and stopping people from questioning decisions, motives and authority. The pressure is palpable. Our liberties are in grave danger.
Pictured: Former CIA Director John Brennan. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

In a shocking moment of honesty and clarity, Obama CIA Director John Brennan gave the rest of America keen insight into The Washington DC Establishment’s plans and actions for the Trumpsters and other “Deplorables” populating the land.

In an interview, Brennan lies and exaggerates to the public about a supposed domestic terrorist insurgency across the country that is gaining strength and threatening the republic. Brennan asserts that he knows that members of the Biden team:

“… are now moving in laser-like fashion to try to uncover as much as they can about what looks like insurgency movements that we’ve seen overseas, where they germinate in different parts of the country, and they gain strength, and it brings together an unholy alliance, frequently, religious extremists, authoritarians, fascists, bigots, racists, nativists, even libertarians. And, unfortunately, I think there has been this momentum that has been generated as a result of, unfortunately, the demagogic rhetoric of people that just departed government, but also those that continue in the halls of Congress. And, so, I really do think that law enforcement, homeland security, intelligence, and even defense officials are doing everything possible to root out what seems to be a very, very serious and insidious threat to our democracy and our republic.”

How do libertarians and authoritarians fit in the same rhetorical political basket? Very tough to reconcile those positions, unless you really do not care about the “logic” of your assertion. Why did Brennan leave out communists? Brennan reportedly voted for Communist Party presidential candidate Gus Hall in 1976, while a student at Fordham University. What about Islamic supremacists? Why did Brennan leave them out of the “unholy alliance?”

Answer: Because it STILL is really all about Trump, Trumpism, and Trumpsters, and destroying any remnant of the MAGA movement. Anyone outside the Uniparty is suspect. In case you still do not get it yet – The Establishment holds staged Uniparty events like a solidarity and bipartisanship wreath-laying. Political cowards stage this sort of propagandistic thing at Arlington National Cemetery – using real heroes as props. It is not a pretty sight.

The proposed solution for the threat Brennan and The Establishment see is Rep. Adam Schiff’s (D-CA) new domestic terrorism law proposal. Schiff, who cannot be trusted given his documented track record on his “proof” of President Trump’s “collusion” with Russia, and his failed effort to impeach Trump out of the secretive meetings of the House Intelligence Committee, made the following statement in conjunction with his new proposed law:

“When violence fueled by homegrown, hateful ideology poses a more immediate threat to the safety and security of Americans on American soil than an international terrorist organization, it’s time for our laws to catch up.”

We have every reason to suspect Schiff’s motives and the law enforcement legitimacy of his proposal. Combined with Brennan’s theories – this sort of thinking comprises the dark fantasies of people seeking to destroy liberty in the name of defending the Constitution.

Thankfully, not everyone in Washington, DC is buying the nonsense. Former Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) spoke intelligently in opposition to the Schiff, Brennan, and the “deprogramming Trumpsters” mania. Like Gabbard, there are some who have clearly articulated the truth: These overreactions are an unconstitutional over-reach that threaten our individual liberties

You will recall that Brennan once tweeted at President Trump:

“When the full extent of your venality, moral turpitude, and political corruption becomes known, you will take your rightful place as a disgraced demagogue in the dustbin of history. You may scapegoat Andy McCabe, but you will not destroy America… America will triumph over you.”

Now, your government has doubled-down on Brennan’s dark fantasies of insurgent guerrilla forces germinating in different regions of the country, seeking to overthrow the government. The Department of Homeland Security just issued a bulletin alerting the public about a growing risk of attacks by “ideologically-motivated violent extremists” agitated about President Biden’s inauguration and “perceived grievances fueled by false narratives.” Troops, apparently without credible threat, will reportedly be remaining in Washington DC until the end of March.

Purportedly, the bulletin aims to warn the public about a “heightened threat environment” across the United States “that is likely to persist over the coming weeks.” [Read: years]. Who are these people behind the “threat?” Homeland Security has an obligation to name names and identify groups. Give us a “Most Wanted” list of 10 people. We just had 25,000 National Guard troops protecting a few politicians in an empty city during the Biden inauguration. What are we reacting to now?

Pay close attention here:

DHSFo does not have any information to indicate a specific, credible plot; however, violent riots have continued in recent days and we remain concerned that individuals frustrated with the exercise of governmental authority and the presidential transition, as well as other perceived grievances and ideological causes fueled by false narratives, could continue to mobilize a broad range of ideologically-motivated actors to incite or commit violence.” [Emphasis added.]

The Biden administration, its allies, advocates, and television sock puppets are advancing a Constitution-threatening series of initiatives disguised as “safety and security” measures. This, combined with the Big Social Media-backed suppression of free speech, and not-so-subtle “shaming,” are all aimed at crushing opposition and stopping people from questioning decisions, motives and authority. The pressure is palpable. Our liberties are in grave danger.

Chris Farrell is a former counterintelligence case officer. For the past 20 years, he has served as the Director of Investigations & Research for Judicial Watch. The views expressed are the author’s alone, and not necessarily those of Judicial Watch.

John Brennan’s Dark Fantasies Become a Homeland Security Bulletin (gatestoneinstitute.org)

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