As I wrote about back in September, my wife was denied access to life-saving dialysis treatment at Stratford General, because Nicole wouldn’t put on an ineffective and harmful medical mask. University Hospital, in London, Ontario, however, was willing to treat her (but only on the under-attended evening shift, when she could be extra socially distanced.)
We wrote our Member of Parliament. He did nothing but forward our complaint to the Ontario Ministry of Health.
The Ministry of Health said it had no power over the hospital’s policy and recommended we contact the Patient Ombudsman.
We also wrote a letter to the police chief, with forty pages of supporting documents, asking him to intervene. Not even a reply.
And, of course, at least a hundred readers emailed the CEO of Stratford General. This was followed up recently by another hundred physical letters (mailed on the same day) by a group of protesters known as the Tsunami Project.
Nothing changed. And with snow hitting the ground, University Hospital being over sixty minutes away, and the treatment lasting until 9pm, Nicole had to return to harmful 3M masking at the local hospital.
But we haven’t surrendered. Long battles make you stronger, smarter and more resilient. And they also present new opportunities…
For example, Rebel News has launched FightTheFines.ca — where they are offering “free legal defence” for “ordinary Canadians [who] are being fined extortionate amounts… during the pandemic for no good reason.” This includes defence against refusal to mask. I’ve submitted an application.
As Gandhi said: “It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there’ll be any fruit. But that doesn’t mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.”