Oh, the hypocrisy.
This weekend, Doug Ford announced that social gatherings across the province are now limited to 10 people indoors and 25 outdoors. He and others in his cabinet have decided that more people than that, in close quarters, is unsafe.
Much like my thoughts on Ford’s Halloween concerns last week, I don’t have an issue with the Ford’s move to shrink social gatherings. We’re clearly facing the second wave, with numbers increasing almost daily – obviously we’re doing something wrong and things need to change.
But again – if it’s unsafe for more than 10 people to gather indoors, how on Earth does Ford think it’s safe for 30 children to be stuck in a room together for six hours a day, five days a week?
If adults haven’t been able to be responsible about their social gatherings – wearing masks, keeping safe distances, and washing hands – then why does he think children will be able to?
If Ford truly wants to slow the spread of COVID-19, he needs to reduce class sizes across the province. If he believes that 10 is a safe number of people to have in a room at one time, then why did he and his Conservative MPPs just unanimously vote down a motion to cap class sizes at 15?
Yes, it would cost more and require more teachers. I – and everyone else calling for the cap on class sizes – understand that it would require a significant investment from the provincial government, but the alternative is a major increase in COVID cases, and that will cost the healthcare system even more.
I’m just completely dumbfounded by the hypocrisy Ford and his cronies are showing. Because the truth is, all of their actions are showing that they care more about optics and making it seem like they are simultaneously getting things back to normal and acting to fight COVID than they care about our children.
I’m just so incredibly grateful that my and my husband’s employment situations allow us to keep our kids home from school. I have nothing but sympathy for parents who have no choice but to send their kids to school under the completely irresponsible leadership of Stephen Lecce and Doug Ford.
Sara McCleary regularly writes for the news columns of Sault This Week.