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PostSubject: Sad to be from Niagara today   Tue 19 Jul 2011, 8:13 pm

http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3220936&&#postbox

Refugees...assholes!!




Region rejects fire refugees over C. diff fears
By JEFF BOLICHOWSKI Standard Staff
Posted 1 hour ago
Niagara Region has asked thousands of mostly native people fleeing forest fires to seek refuge elsewhere over fears they could catch the C. difficile superbug.

St. Catharines and Fort Erie were among several Ontario cities asked by Emergency Management Ontario to take in up to 5,000 people from north of Thunder Bay, most of them First Nations people, displaced by forest fires. Tops on the Region's list of worries is the prospect of spreading the C. difficile outbreak raging in area hospitals.

"It's not a matter of insensitivity," said integrated planning commissioner Patrick Robson. "What kind of hosts are we if we expose them to something that could be more than they bargained for?"

But Niagara Regional Native Centre executive director Jaynane Burning-Fields chafed at the Region's refusal to take the evacuees. She noted C. difficile is thus far contained to the area's hospitals and wouldn't be a danger.

"I don't believe that should be a barrier to coming to the Niagara region," she said.

"I believe that they'll need places."

The request from Emergency Management Ontario comes as nearly 100 wildfires rip through northern Ontario. It's the worst conflagration in more than a decade, forcing First Nations communities like Kee-way-win, Fort Hope, North Spirit Lake and Sandy Lake to evacuate.

On Tuesday, Grand Chief Stan Beardy of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation called on the federal and provincial governments to declare a state of emergency. He also asked the Armed Forces to step in to make sure First Nations people could be evacuated quickly.

Regional Chair Gary Burroughs said the outbreak was a big factor in the Region asking the province to look for another host. He said Niagara would still take the refugees if ordered, but now, he said, is a bad time.

"The region as a whole is a very, very good host and has done it before," he said. "But on this particular occasion, it's not the best idea."

Council's public service committee heard Tuesday that the evacuees are at higher risk for diseases like diabetes. With C. difficile's eight-week gestation period, they could carry it home to more isolated communities in Northern Ontario.

"The potential is there, and that's what's being identified," Burroughs said.

Robson said the Region had other concerns, among them the prospect of the province not covering the transfer and leaving taxpayers on the hook.

Hotel and hospital capacity are also issues, with tourism season in full swing here.

Still, Robson said, C. difficile is issue number one. He said it could create another risk factor for the refugees.

"It's seen as an unnecessary risk given the many other communities that are able to host them," he said.

He said Ottawa, Peel, Toronto, London, Guelph and Hamilton were among the cities asked. He figured cities like Guelph and London had an edge in getting the refugees because of their significant housing space for university students.

Burning-Fields said she didn't put much stock in the Region's objections and said communities have historically been reimbursed for taking on evacuees from the North.

But she said she was surprised Niagara was among the communities asked, as she said it's far from the fire zone.

Burroughs said Niagara has taken in refugees before. He said it wouldn't reflect badly on the Region to ask that the evacuees go elsewhere.

"I think it looks very open and honest at the Region, saying we're getting a handle on the C. difficile issue," he said.

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PostSubject: Re: Sad to be from Niagara today   Tue 19 Jul 2011, 8:15 pm

A lot of our students up north are from these communities and while they are stuck in Sioux Lookout their families are being evacuated.

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PostSubject: Re: Sad to be from Niagara today   Tue 19 Jul 2011, 11:21 pm

That's sad. Now they are considered "refugees"???? Aren't refugees people who fled from another country for fear of their life and the lives of their family. Not people who were born and raised in this country. Mad
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PostSubject: Re: Sad to be from Niagara today   Wed 20 Jul 2011, 12:00 am

BigBrownEyes29 wrote:
That's sad. Now they are considered "refugees"???? Aren't refugees people who fled from another country for fear of their life and the lives of their family. Not people who were born and raised in this country. Mad

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PostSubject: Re: Sad to be from Niagara today   Wed 20 Jul 2011, 6:58 am

You have got to be kidding me. Using that rationale, I'm hoping he's got all you Niagara area people are under travel restrictions? Is he warning all the tourists coming into the region of the danger? Supplying free hand sanitzer at the border? And tell Mr. Robson to stay the heck away from London, we don't want his cooties here either. Come on, he could at least be honest. Almighty tourist dollar.
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PostSubject: Re: Sad to be from Niagara today   Wed 20 Jul 2011, 8:03 am

Ok, i was beginning to wonder if I was wrong in my way of thinking. I am offended for a few reasons:

a) Don't accept people who are succeptable and/or at risk
b) Jaynane is right and I am glad she is a hard ass clan mother who will give em shit. The Niagara Region is not thiking about others and only themselves.

Okay so many of you who know me know that I do work with these communities and I can guarantee you that they would rather be home than come all the way to bum fuck idaho. Our students are currently in session right now and while they are stuck in Sioux Lookout their families are being displaced to far off places and if you see some of the comments on that page that suggest we shouldn't be burdened with them well clearly it just pisses me off.


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PostSubject: Re: Sad to be from Niagara today   Wed 20 Jul 2011, 8:38 am

You're not wrong at all, it IS offensive. The way I see it is that blaming his attitude on the C. difficile outbreak is insulting EVERYBODY'S intelligence. As far as I know it's under control here using education and hand sanitizer. I mean seriously, who thought that one up?

They need to suck it up and do what's right.



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PostSubject: Re: Sad to be from Niagara today   Wed 20 Jul 2011, 8:56 am

It is sad that people still feel that way today. Glad I live where I do

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PostSubject: Re: Sad to be from Niagara today   Thu 21 Jul 2011, 7:31 am

I've read that article over and over ...... and each time it pisses me off more. I've even passed it on to my 'DIL' who is from there, asking her WTF is up with the attitude up there.

Could resist signing up to post my own two cents worth either.
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PostSubject: Re: Sad to be from Niagara today   Thu 21 Jul 2011, 7:50 am

That was a great post too Rott, it is nice to see someone from outside looking in and offering their perspective.

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PostSubject: Re: Sad to be from Niagara today   Thu 21 Jul 2011, 8:21 am

http://www.lfpress.com/news/london/2011/07/20/18446716.html
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PostSubject: Re: Sad to be from Niagara today   Thu 21 Jul 2011, 9:41 am

Wow that just pissed me off but made me happy at the same time UM. With Niagara having Brock and 2 Niagara College campus' and most students not in residence they could have easily done the same thing.

Way to go Londoners!!! That is awesome!!

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PostSubject: Re: Sad to be from Niagara today   Thu 21 Jul 2011, 4:06 pm

It looks like there is some back pedalling happening.

http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3222882

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