As lengthy threatened, Alberta Premier Danielle Smith’s United Conservative Occasion (UCP) authorities Monday introduced the top of Dr. Deena Hinshaw’s tenure because the province’s chief medical officer of well being by way of probably the most troublesome months of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Was Hinshaw pushed or did she bounce? Was there compensation over and above the phrases of her contract to get her to go quietly? Or will she need to make due with the $277,911 in “money advantages” she took residence final 12 months for her efficiency throughout the robust months of the pandemic along with right here $363,634 wage?
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These are glorious questions which will by no means be answered.
Will Hinshaw have something to say? That continues to be to be seen.
Final summer season Smith known as for an investigation to “get to the underside” of Hinshaw’s bonus. That too appears unlikely, since no matter it discovered might now be turned in opposition to the Smith Government.
The federal government’s information launch yesterday asserting the appointment of Hinshaw’s successor had nearly nothing to say about her.
Well being Minister Jason Copping thanked her “for her service and dedication by way of the previous a number of years.” That was all.
Premier Smith was not quoted. She is understood to revile Alberta’s pandemic management. Certainly, her hostile views have been on the coronary heart of her profitable marketing campaign to seize the management of the UCP after her allies within the Take Again Alberta anti-vaccination-mandate PAC pressured out premier Jason Kenney final spring.
Copping’s information launch went on to sing the praises of Hinshaw’s alternative as CMOH, Dr. Mark Joffe, an skilled and revered medicrat with Capital Well being and Alberta Well being Companies for 1 / 4 of a century.
Joffe educated in Calgary, is an infectious illness specialist, and is understood to assist sane public well being measures such mandating using face masks when airborne infectious illnesses are spreading.
One would have thought he’s simply the sort of particular person Smith would not have wished within the job.
His appointment took impact yesterday.
Finish of story? Not fairly.
You see, there’s one other Dr. Joffe in Alberta.
Dr. Ari Joffe is a distinguished pediatric infectious illness specialist and high-profile COVID contrarian, a lot beloved by the right-wing press.
In February, Ari Joffe contributed to a Postmedia op-ed claiming that “lockdowns brought about extreme collateral harm” and “masks might educate youngsters to be afraid of their friends and themselves as vectors of illness, probably contributing to the mental-health disaster.”
“Canadian professional’s analysis finds lockdown harms are 10 occasions better than advantages,” screeched a Toronto Solar headline final summer season over a lovingly transcribed interview with the opposite Dr. Joffe.
The Edmonton Journal’s David Staples, a number one Danielle Smith cheerleader, praised Ari Joffe for “his vital contribution.”
Staples famous approvingly in a column that Ari Joffe signed the controversial Nice Barrington Declaration, which known as for permitting COVID-19 to tear by way of the inhabitants whereas isolating parents for their very own good in hopes of attaining “herd immunity.”
By no means thoughts that among the many 15,000 specialists mentioned to have signed the declaration by clicking a button on its web site have been such esteemed figures as Dr. Johnny Fartpants and Professor Notaf Uckingclue.
So, as unlikely because it appears, the query should be requested: “Is there an opportunity that the Alberta authorities appointed the improper Dr Joffe?”
So tweeted College of Alberta economist and frequent UCP critic Andrew Leach, setting off a vigorous and entertaining debate on the Twitter website, which in any other case appears to be foundering because of billionaire mismanagement.
“Which is extra believable?” Leach requested. “Smith wished to nominate a covid contrarian with whom she consulted and who was cited by David Staples and others as proof in opposition to covid restrictions. Or that she wished to nominate an AHS exec who supported masks mandates and such measures?”
Absolutely the Smith authorities appointed the Joffe that they meant to nominate. Proper?
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