'There was of course an increase in what provinces felt to be appropriate in terms of gatherings, but there were actual rules applied to those settings as well,' says Dr. Theresa Tam. 'Getting the balance is extremely difficult. You’re going to see this in the Quebec context and the Ontario context as well, where maybe things did get loosened up more than one expected.'
Canada's Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam, pictured on Oct. 13, says 'one might have predicted' that settings where outbreaks are now occurring were 'predictable,' but public officers 'will not hesitate to clamp down' at these sites. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
The country’s top doctor called on leaders Tuesday to consider “fine-tuning” any reopening plans to avoid the possibility of more cases and a “yo-yoing” effect in the pandemic’s second wave.
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'You don't stop trying to find ways of resolving differences in opinion, but I do think in this day and age you need a whole range of ways of expressing concern and trying to move opinion,' says Bob Rae.
Government House Leader Pablo Rodriguez dodged questions if the government was responsible for setting the stage for a stand-off that could trigger an election, saying the question should be asked of the Conservatives.
Global Brief magazine editor Irvin Studin says politicians and policy-makers' thinking is 'too small, it’s too linear, it’s too path dependent, and it looks increasingly absurd as these systemic crises.'