Thursday, January 16th Commentary

Posted By: Dave Agar · 1/16/2014 7:22:00 AM


It is Canada's worst infectious disease and yet some people ignore flu outbreaks every year, putting their lives and the lives of their loved ones at risk.

Here in Toronto there has been a big jump in confirmed cases of influenza

Toronto Public Health stats show that on Christmas Eve the number of confirmed cases for the season was 127.

As of a few days ago, that number had jumped to 528.

More than half the cases are the so-called Swine flu or H1N1, which has obviously mutated since its first arrival in 09 because now it seems to attack young and middle-aged adults the most...especially pregnant women and people considered to be obese.

You still have time to get a flu shot.  It takes about two weeks for maximum protection.

For the life of me I have no idea why people don't get vaccinated, especially adults with kids or elderly parents.  You are exposing yourself and your loved ones to a virus with no known cure, a virus that kills 35-hundred people a year in this country.


The power brokers at Pearson International have finally clued in....the fiasco at the airport January 7th cannot be allowed to stand.

The chairman of the board of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority Vijay Kanwar says and I'll quote "we are really sorry about the inconvenience faced by the passengers and we apologize for that and I can promise, going forward, we can and will do a better job."

The board has tasked management to quickly look at what happened and why and report back within 90 days on ways to improve things.  Kanwar is looking for some immediate changes and beyond...things like faster, better information on the GTAA website instead of relying on the airport PA system to inform people standing in long lines.  Kanwar is acknowledging that these days people access their information on their phones.

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  1. Rosemary Newman posted on 01/16/2014 10:24 AM
    I cannot agree with Dave Agar more about people not getting flu shots. They are almost criminally responsible for the fact that the flu has spread all over Canada. I believe it should be mandatory for every person in Canada (except those who have allergies to eggs) to receive the flu shot every year prior to the end of December. I know it would be difficult to ensure this happens but there must be some way to wake these people up. Children must have their immunizations before they are admitted to school so there must be a way to have all eligible people receive their flu shots annually.
  2. Michael O'Connell posted on 01/16/2014 09:02 PM
    I couldn't disagree more with Dave Agar's comments that people should get vaccinated. I have never had a flu shot and I will never get one. I subscribe to the healthy habits which I learned in my early years of school... Washing your hands after using the washroom, cover your mouth when you cough. I don't think children are taught these tips in school now. Another point I would like to make is that the government seems to have cut back on screening of immigrants coming here. Are people screened for any illnesses etc upon arriving? I highly doubt it. Nor are people screened when returning from countries where these illnesses seem to be born. Remember Sars? Where did that start? I do not wish to be injected with anything and I should have a choice. Thank you.
    1. Karen posted on 01/17/2014 07:11 PM
      @Michael O'Connell I agree with you Michael 100%!!!!!!!
  3. Walter posted on 01/16/2014 10:04 PM
    I work in a provincial government building with over 1000 people. This seems like the ideal place to set up a flu clinic at work. It was done under the old Conservative government, but was cancelled by the Liberals. I haven't got a shot since - just do not have the time.
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