Episode 15: Are we there yet?

As we enter month two or maybe it’s three (?) of the COVID-19 pandemic Canadians are beginning to sound like whiny kids in the backseat of a car on a VERY long road trip asking the question that is like nails on a chalkboard to any parent. ARE WE THERE YET?

As we enter month two or maybe it’s three (?) of the COVID-19 pandemic Canadians are beginning to sound like whiny kids in the backseat of a car on a VERY long road trip asking the question that is like nails on a chalkboard to any parent. ARE WE THERE YET?In Canada it seems that there has been a steady stream of emergency funding and constant reminders to stay apart since the month of March, but as the curve appears to be levelling off, provinces begin to re-open and social distancing fatigue sets in everyone is beginning to ask the same question, what are the actual rules? Are we still not supposed to be seeing our friends and families even though we’re now able to go shopping? As people begin to move around more freely and we enter the phase of the “new normal” is  social distancing so last week?Speaking of last week, and the week before that and the week before that, there has been a near constant stream of emergency funding benefits to various segments of the population, both for individuals and businesses. You could be forgiven for thinking that every person in Canada has received some sort of support and that these last funding announcements for seniors and students are the last of the emergency funding flows. But are they? Were the most recent announcements the last of the COVID cash or will we continue to wake up to Groundhog Day-esq funding announcements as groups of Canadians continue to fall through the cracks?

Amid some slips of the tongue, on this week’s episode, Richard, Rachel and Jeff ponder these very things and talk about how having a basic income in place may have saved the government and taxpayers money and may have provided a wider financial safety net for Canadians instead of the current piecemeal approach and they try to define what social distancing actually means.

Episode 15: Are we there yet?

As we enter month two or maybe it’s three (?) of the COVID-19 pandemic Canadians are beginning to sound like whiny kids in the backseat of a car on a VERY long road trip asking the question that is like nails on a chalkboard to any parent. ARE WE THERE YET?With the initial strong message to keep apart and stay inside becoming a flicker Richard, Rachel and Jeff along with the rest of Canadians are beginning to wonder, is the initial hard line stance on social distancing beginning to soften? And what about the steady stream of funding, has it become an issue of the squeaky wheel gets the grease? And when will the stream of funding dry up?

Posted by Sudbury Politics – The Show on Tuesday, May 19, 2020

By Richard Eberhardt

Richard worked his first campaign way back in 1995, and since then has never been able to shake 'the bug'. From student politics, union politics, to electoral politics, he has always found a way to make his day-job political - especially when running the local MPs office from 08-14. Lately he's moved from environmental politics and his role as Communications Director and head of government relations for Green Economy Canada to labour organizing. Richard is now a Union Representative for the largest private sector union local in Canada, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 175.