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My Experience Trying to Tell the World About Hydroxychloroquine

My journey began in early March 2020, when reports first began surfacing that Hydroxychloroquine may be a potential treatment for Covid-19.

I began to post the reports on my Facebook feed….

03/18/20
New study looks promising in the treatment of Cov19. Nothing like a little good news!
https://drive.google.com/file/d/186Bel9RqfsmEx55FDum4xY_IlWSHnGbj/view

3/19/20 On this date I messaged a pharmacist friend of mine….

  1. Me – Hi ya…quick question…is cholorquine something the pharmacy keeps in stock or would it have to be ordered in? Just read the latest released study on it with respect to Covid19 and it looks extremely promising…US is evidently going ahead with it as treatment….so I is just curious as to availability for anyone on the island if someone does come down with it. E
  2. Pharmacist friend– Hi! Yes it is available. Interesting. Usually used for malaria. I’ll have to read up that. Thanks!
  3. Me -https://www.mediterranee-infection.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Hydroxychloroquine_final_DOI_IJAA.pdf
    http://www.mediterranee-infection.com
    Me too…sounds like the US is going to be doing that asap…running controlled study with Covid patients…
    Here’s another – 100 Chinese patients – https://www.jstage.jst.go.jp/article/bst/advpub/0/advpub_2020.01047/_pdf/-char/en
    http://www.jstage.jst.go.jp

03/19/20

President Trump announces the FDA will fast-track approval of unproven coronavirus treatments, including chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine.

“The nice part is, it’s been around for a long time, so we know that if it — if things don’t go as planned, it’s not going to kill anybody,” Trump says at a task force briefing.

The drugs are already in short supply in the U.S., as word spreads of their potential benefit to COVID-19 patients. Manufacturers say they are ramping up production.

3/20/20

  1. Pharmacist friend- “Chloroquine is suddenly not available to retail pharmacies. I’m thinking the government has redirected all stock to hospitals. That’s good news if it works.”
  2. Me -“I’m guessing Canada and the US are working very closely together on strategy. The sooner they can get more test results the better.”

3/24/20

  1. Me – “Hi. Just came across this.” (letter from Dr. Zelenko)
  1. Pharmacist friend – “Oh God! What drivel! I can’t believe people fall for this.”

03/24/20

Following up on the post regarding Hydroxychloroquine from 5 days ago.
Updates –

  1. Hydroxychloroquine is now being suggested for “INVESTIGATIONAL USE: For the treatment of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection” Source – https://www.elsevier.com/__data/assets/pdf_file/0009/990729/Hydroxychloroquine-Drug-Monograph_3.17.2020pdf.pdf
  2. Data published online March 17, 2020, in the International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents, shows that patients who were given 200mg HCQ, three times/day for 10 days, had significant clearance of the SARS-CoV-2 viral load in the nasopharynx compared with non-treated controls, and that effect was enhanced when azithromycin was added. Of 46 patients, 26 were treated with HCQ vs. 16 controls. While six patients in the HCQ group were lost to follow up, 70% of patients treated with HCQ were clear of their virus at day six vs. 12.5% of controls. When azithromycin was added, 100% of patients treated with the combination cleared their virus vs. 57.1% of patients treated with HCQ only.
  3. An in vitro cell culture experiment, published by a Chinese team led by Xueting Yao, M.D., of Peking University Third Hospital, Beijing, China, in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, March 9, 2020, tested the pharmacological activity of chloroquine vs HCQ on Vero cells infected with SARS-CoV-2. Results showed HCQ was more potent than chloroquine at inhibiting the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Based on physiologically based pharmacokinetic models, a loading dose of 400 mg HCQ orally twice per day on day one followed by 200 mg twice a day on day 2 through day 5 is recommended.
  4. The March 18, 2020, MMWR Report early release data confirm ages 19 and younger are at lower risk, while those ages 65 years and older are at high risk if exposed to this virus, Dr. Fallon Friedlander, notes.
    “I think their findings substantiate a risk that has been downplayed previously: Yes, 80% of deaths have occurred in those >65, but that means that the 20% of deaths occur in those 20-64 years of age,” she says. “We need to share that info with those found partying and ignoring social distancing protocols. Members of this age group must be aware they can get sick, and they can spread disease to others, even if they aren’t feeling so bad.”
    “While the literature cited suggests there may be utility of hydroxychloroquine in both post-exposure prophylaxis and therapy of active disease,” says Ted Rose, M.D., “Keep in mind this treatment has not been verified in a rigorous randomized controlled study. Prevention of spread is still paramount.
    “At this point in time, social distancing is the most effective way we can combat the spread of COVID-19,” he adds. “Any way you can contribute to that concept will be of value, including reducing the number of patients coming for face to face office visits. Postpone elective procedures, delay return visits for stable established patients, and practice teledermatology in any way and as often you can.”
    Dr. Fallon Friedlander adds, “Amidst all these fears, there is some good news. The FDA’s approval of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine for research and compassionate use identifies off-label options involving these two relatively innocuous drugs. Preliminary trials utilizing these antimalarials with azithromycin suggest that this combination therapy may provide even more hope. As Dr. Rosen points out, this does not diminish the importance of evaluation.”
    Finally, in the commentary, Dr. Martin says, that based on the data, if confronted with patients with COVID-19, he would administer HCQ 200 mg TID for 10 days. Regarding HCPs working on the “front line” treating hospitalized patients, based on available studies, he is recommending prophylaxis with HCQ 200 mg BID indefinitely until the pandemic is over. Current studies are underway looking at HCQ prophylaxis. Additionally, and based on influenza data, supplementing with Zinc and treating with Zicam intranasal spray several times daily with the goal of minimizing nasopharyngeal colonization might be worth considering.
  5. “Here we propose an old drug chloroquine (CQ) to be urgently repositioned as an ideal antiviral prophylactic against COVID-19. CQ has ability to block viral attachment and entry to host cells. Its proven clinical efficacy against a variety of viruses including COVID-19 and its current deployment in COVID-19 therapeutic trials strengthens its potential candidacy as a prophylactic. Furthermore, CQ has a long safety record, is inexpensive and widely available. Here we reviewed CQ’s antiviral mechanisms, its laboratory efficacy activity against COVID-19, as well as CQ’s pharmacokinetics in its established use against malaria and autoimmune diseases to recommend safe and potentially efficacious dose regimens for protection against COVID-19: a pre-exposure prophylaxis of 250-500mg daily and post-exposure prophylaxis at 8mg/kg/day for 3 days.” https://www.preprints.org/manuscript/202003.0279/v1
  6. We the undersigned agree with New Jersey State Senator Joe Pennacchio that all levels of government should work together to ameliorate the COVID-19 pandemic by developing an early treatment to minimize the effects of the virus and reduce its communicability by decreasing viral shedding with the use of Hydroxychloroquine:
    Anika Ackerman MD
    Urology
    Joseph Addeo MD
    Oncology
    Munir Ahmed MD
    Orthopedics
    Niran Al-Agba DO
    Pediatrics
    Frank Alario MD
    Internal Medicine
    Sharon Carswell MD
    Family Medicine
    Kimberly Corba MD
    Family Medicine
    Doug Crane MD
    Internal Medicine
    Madeline Danny DO
    Family Medicine
    Philip DeFina PhD
    Neuroscientist Clinical Research
    US ARMY Intel
    Anthony Dippolito MD
    MBA General & Colorectal Surgeon
    John Eck MD
    Family Medicine
    Josephine Feingold MD
    Emergency Medicine
    Ken Fisher MD
    Family Medicine
    Chris Garofalo MD
    Family Medicine
    David Gee MD
    Family Medicine
    Helen Gelhot MD
    General Surgery
    Eric Gerwirtz MD
    Anesthesiology
    Yvette Gozzo MD
    Pulmonology
    Karladine Graves DO
    Family Medicine
    Wayne Graves DO
    Emergency Medicine
    Lee Gross MD
    Family Medicine
    Avinash Gupta MD
    Cardiology
    James Halper MD
    Neuropsychiatry & Internal Medicine
    Scott Hardiman MD
    Otolaryngology
    Kris Held MD
    Ophthalmology
    Travis Hendricks MD
    Infectious Disease
    Bindukumar Kansupada MD
    Cardiology
    Cameron Knackstedt DO
    Family Medicine
    Herbert Kunkle, Jr MD
    Orthopedic Surgery
    Steve Kupferburg MD
    Otolaryngology
    Lee Kurisko MD
    Radiology
    Guru Lamba MD
    Hematology Oncology
    Katarina Lindley DO
    Family Medicine
    Jennifer Lorine DO
    Family Medicine/Neuromuscular Med OMT
    Lee Merritt MD
    General Surgery, US Navy
    Winslow Murdoch MD
    Family Medicine
    Katherine Newland MD
    Emergency Medicine
    Lisa Norberg DO
    Family Medicine
    Fred Notarnicola MD
    Internal Medicine
    Sheila Page DO
    Neuromuscular & Skeletal, AAPS President Texas
    Kirit Kumar Pandya MD
    Urology
    Prashant Parikh MD
    Primary Care
    Philip Pattison MD
    Gastroenterology
    Danae Powers MD
    Anesthesiology
    Lee Pressler MD
    Urology
    Samuel Putnam MD
    Interventional Radiology, US Army Flight Surgeon
    Raj Raval MD
    Physiatrist, Interventional Pain
    Luis Rodriguez Jr MD
    Interventional Radiology
    Scott Roethle MD
    Anesthesiology
    Sohayla Rostami DO
    General Surgery Resident
    James Rowsey MD
    Ophthalmology
    Christine Saba PharmD MD
    Pediatrics
    Vinod Sanchetti MD
    Internal Medicine
    Nikki Silverstein MD
    Ophthalmology
    Marilyn Singleton MD JD
    Anesthesiology
    Pat Smith MD
    Gynecology
    Reed Smith MD
    Internal Medicine
    Douglas Spiel MD
    Interventional Pain Radiology
    Joel Strom DDS
    Dentist
    James Thomas MD MBA
    Interventional Radiology, Naval Flight Surgeon
    Teresa Thomas MD
    Internal Medicine
    Josh Umber MD
    Family Medicine
    Kip VanCamp DO
    Interventional Radiology
    Craig Wax DO
    Family Medicine
    Vicki Wooll MD MPH
    Family Medicine, Epidemiology
    Marlene Wust-Smith MD
    Pediatrics
    Source – https://www.insidernj.com/…/top-doctors-join…/
    It is early days, but, there appears to be both growing support for the trials being conducted, and, some preliminary positive results.
    Let’s see what happens over the next couple of weeks…this is a developing story. Fingers crossed…
    One last note…if you’re going to comment, please keep politics out of the thread.

3/25/20

  1. Pharmacist friend – Sorry, that didn’t come out right. First, anyone could have written that letter. Second, if this is a legitimate document, one rogue doctor – or even 100 – deciding to prescribe medicine without credible scientific evidence, does not mean that it is the right thing to do. Maybe it will be. And I truly hope that the science can prove that this is the right thing to do as rapidly as possible. But the doses required to treat Covid are approaching a level of toxicity that could be lethal in certain individuals. For example, people with underlying heart conditions and diabetes would experience heart failure at these doses. Even at low doses those medicines can be lethal. The cure could be more deadly than the disease. Both the College of Physicians and the College of Pharmacists are directing pharmacists to refuse to fill Rx’s of these drugs if we see them being prescribed for “self”, “spouse”, or “office use”. Not all doctors practice true Evidence-based Medicine and this is where we get disasters like “Vaccines cause Autism”. Unfortunately, science takes time. I’m sure that every brain available is putting every effort into finding answers, and these are the kind of times when breakthroughs do occur. Let’s all just keep a cool head and trust science.
  2. Me – That’s what I’m hoping for…the totality of 21st Century technology, science and medicine being applied. Fingers tightly crossed…

03/28/20

Update on Hydroxychloroquine – looking promising. https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/03/huge-second-french-study-by-dr-raoult-finds-hydroxychloroquine-and-azithromycin-helped-every-patient-in-study-group-of-80-minus-one-video/

03/28/20
Warning – There are preliminary indications that use of Hydroxychloroquine may actually exacerbate TDS(Trump Derangement Syndrome), including the likelihood of symptoms worsening for the next 7 months.
TDS sufferers are recommended to self-isolate from MSM and social media to reduce negative reactions which include, but are not limited to, high blood pressure, irritability, and flustering.
It is estimated as many as 50 million may be negatively affected in the USA alone.

03/31/20
Good news updates on hydroxychloroquine:
https://www.trustnodes.com/2020/03/29/italy-finally-starts-mass-treatment-with-hydroxychloroquine
https://www.physiciansweekly.com/hydroxychloroquine-azithromycin-for-covid-19-new-clinical-trial-results/
https://techstartups.com/2020/03/28/dr-vladimir-zelenko-now-treated-699-coronavirus-patients-100-success-using-hydroxychloroquine-sulfate-zinc-z-pak-update/
https://www.wsj.com/articles/an-update-on-the-coronavirus-treatment-11585509827

04/02/20
Today’s Hydroxychloroquine update –https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/apr/2/hydroxychloroquine-rated-most-effective-therapy-do/

04/04/20
More good news. https://techstartups.com/2020/04/01/hydroxychloroquine-game-changer-beginning-end-coronavirus-pandemic-infectious-disease-specialist-dr-stephen-smith-says/

04/08/20
Update on hydroxychloroquine…Found a site that is posting reports about its use worldwide…Still looks very promising. – https://twitter.com/niro60487270 NOTE – ACCOUNT SUSPENDED ON TWITTER

04/09/20

Imagine if someone announced they had found a cure for the majority of cancers, and, that the cure was being utilized worldwide right now with amazing results, saving thousands of lives.
That analogy is what appears to be happening right now with hydroxychloroquine and zypak in the treatment of Covid19.
Country after country the reports are starting to come in – France, Turkey, Malaysia, New York, China, Italy….
The next couple of weeks will tell whether HCQ is the game changer.

04/09/20

How much better is the mortality of the cohort at Raoult’s Mediterranee Infection, where they treat with Hydroxychloroquine + Zypak, than other places?

At last count, Mediterranee Infection, has treated 2197 covid-19 patients with HCQ + AZ for at least three days, with 9 deaths. 0.04%
https://scontent.fyvr3-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.6435-9/92376161_10156844310116786_7689652014455717888_n.jpg

04/09/20
The hits just keep coming – https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/coronavirus-turkey-hydroxychloroquine-malaria-treatment-progress

04/19/20

More Good News on Hydroxychloroquine Treatment
Professor Paolo Zanotto on the new Brazil study results:
Of the 224 (who refused treatment, control group), 12 were hospitalized (5.4 %) . And of these 12 hospitalized, 41% died (5 people).
Of the 412 (receiving HCQ), 8 were hospitalized, zero deaths.

04/28/20

More good hydroxychloroquine news – https://www.indiatvnews.com/science/hydroxychloroquine-has-90-chance-of-helping-covid-19-patients-us-doctors-body-612577

04/29/20

Only a 90% chance of helping? I’ll take that any day of the week… https://aapsonline.org/hcq-90-percent-chance/

05/13/20

Russia (145m people) has the 3rd highest number of Covid cases: 232,000. It has adopted hydroxychloroquine by decree on April 16. https://bit.ly/2Wr0kfv
If HCQ is therapeutically active, a trend break in clinical outcomes should be visible by now. Here it is. Anecdotal still?

05/15/20

New Hydroxychloroquine vs Azithromycin vs Standard of Care (SOC) study…looking good for HCQ and Az… https://www.medrxiv.org/…/2020.05.05.20088757v1.full.pdf

05/17/20

Me – Post on Facebook – Looks relatively promising, doesn’t it? “Russia adopts hydroxychloroquine 6 weeks after Morocco and Turkey. Same action. Same result. France as an illustrative no-action baseline. More data points in that chart than in all HCQ clinical trials combined.”

05/20/20

Me – Post on Facebook -Just saw a PSA which stated,
“Here’s a simple test to see if you are being brainwashed by fake news, conspiracy theorists, or mainstream media.
Has the use of hydroxychloroquine and zinc as a prophylactic treatment for early stage symptoms of Sars-Cov-2 :
(a) now been shown worldwide to be extremely effective, and is being recommended by many doctors? or
(b) dangerous, even with a doctor’s prescription, to anyone who is stupid enough to use it, or stupid enough to suggest using it to help block the virus?
Make a note of your answers for future reference.”

05/24/20

Hydroxychloroquine treatment about 3 times more effective in preventing death and cuts hospital stays in half. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32418114/

05/25/20

As anyone who has been following my posts for the past couple of months, you will know I have expressed support for the use of hydroxychloroquine in conjunction with zinc.
HCQ is the transport vehicle for getting zinc into cells where it stops the viral replication of Sars-Cov-2.
Timing – The use of HCQ and zinc works well at first onset of symptoms and prior to the onset of severe symptoms. That time window is in the first 5 days. After the onset of severe symptoms (and hospitalization) convalescent plasma therapy appears to be the best treatment.
In the last couple of days WHO has announced pausing HCQ trials worldwide due to concerns over side effects as published in Lancet.
I just took a look through the study (see below) and did a word search for “zinc” in the paper. Zero results.
I then looked for the dosages of HCQ used – all between 596mg and 795mg.
The recommended HCQ dosage by those having success with the virus is 200mg of HCQ twice a day for a total of 400mg. Thus, the trial amounts of HCQ are 50% to 100% higher than recommended. In other words, the side effects which are being reported are evidently likely a result of taking too much.
WHO decided why the dosages in the trials were prescribed to be so high, and why was zinc not included?
Its like these trials were specifically designed to fail and to suggest that HCQ’s side effects are due to HCQ and not the dosages given, nor the time frame administered.
THELANCET.COM
http://www.thelancet.com
https://www.thelancet.com/action/showPdf?pii=S0140-6736(20)31180-6&fbclid=IwAR3Xn_7Ug2QK9vI6XofSjrAjFkWx5oVxgNooLBxiNveVjFsIxelS3t_yi9M

06/04/20

Lancet retracts fake study on hydroxychloroquine. I’ll bet CNN doesn’t report it…https://twitter.com/TheLancet/status/1268613313702891523/photo/1

06/06/20

Blockbuster report on the recent Lancet scandal regarding Hydroxychloroquine. Wake up everyone….
“If this continues, we are not going to be able to publish any more clinical research data because pharmaceutical companies are so financially powerful; they are able to pressure us to accept papers that are apparently methodologically perfect, but their conclusion is what pharmaceutical companies want.” (Dr. Richard Horton)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYgiCALEdpE

06/13/20

In the “Are You F***ing Kidding Me?” category of science, comes this report.
The trial in question was using hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) at a dosage amount which was evidently 6 times higher than the dosage used for malaria (2400mg vs 400mg) on the first day, and then twice the dosage on the following days (800mg).
The standard dosage for lupus patients using HCQ is 400mg. The MAXIMUM dose is 400mg for lupus and 600mg for rheumatoid arthritis.
It appears the study’s authors may actually have mistaken the recommended dosage for hydroxyquinoline (HXQ) with those of HCQ.
A 2400mg dose of HCQ could be fatal.
In addition, the HCQ was not used in conjunction with zinc which has been shown to be extremely effective in other studies with HCQ.
IF the dosage “mistake” is confirmed, the researchers in control should lose their licenses for malpractice. The study has been stopped for unstated “safety concerns.”
This will be an ongoing story…. http://www.francesoir.fr/politique-monde/interview-exclusive-martin-landray-recovery-hydroxychloroquine-game-over-uk

06/15/20

Me – Post on Facebook – Hydroxychloroquine use worldwide stats…a picture tells hundreds of thousands of stories: https://scontent.fyvr3-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.6435-9/102406767_10157044801661786_2251947441946213601_n.jpg

06/28/20
Hydroxychloroquine update: 49 studies (29 peer reviewed) indicate efficacy of early prophylactic use.
Zinc sulphate is also indicated as a co-factor in successful early treatment. https://c19early.org/

06/29/20
Hmmm…Gilead just announced how much per patient their Remdesivir treatment will cost – $3,120.00
This is compared to hydroxychloroquine, zinc and Azithromycin treatment of less than $50.00.
Big Pharma promoted by Fauci and company…it’s almost as if there’s a financial motive behind hyping Remdesivir while ignoring HCQ cocktail. — feeling thoughtful.
https://www.wsj.com/articles/covid-19-drug-remdesivir-to-cost-3-120-for-typical-patient-on-private-insurance-11593428402

07/03/20

Update. New study. Hydroxychloroquine plus zinc plus Azithromycin = 5 TIMES FEWER DEATHS if used early when symptomatic.
Anyone listening yet, because everyone should be. https://www.preprints.org/manuscript/202007.0025/v1

07/13/20
Interesting….not one single person I know who is prescribing masks for everyone/everywhere has, to the best of my knowledge, posted a single article about the benefits of Hydroxychloroquine/zinc sulfate/Azithromycin cocktail, or Budesonide, or Vitamin D deficiency, or the connection Covid has with blood sugar levels…its almost as if they aren’t interested in a cure or a treatment or boosting their immune systems…they’d rather you just cover your face.
https://scontent.fyvr3-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.6435-9/109060487_10157119818166786_3237380508385538254_n.jpg

07/21/20

Comprehensive (248 page) report on the early use of Hydroxychloroquine, zinc and Azithromycin for symptoms and prophylaxis in Covid19 patients by Harvard, Yale and New York doctors.
https://files.internetprotocol.co/ebook-covid-19.pdf

07/24/20
Remdesivir fails…Hydroxychloroquine/zinc sulfate/Azithromycin cocktail still the winner.

07/27/20

More good news – Frontline Doctors speak out on Covid, hydroxychloroquine/zinc/antibiotic, etc.
https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=1376146442759558

07/28/20 –

More Good News on Hydroxychloroquine – https://c19early.org/

07/31/20

More Good News from International Journal of Infectious Diseases – New observational study finds HCQ + AZ associated with a 66% reduction in risk of death as compared to controls; the analysis also suggests a larger effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine in patients with less severe COVID-19 disease.
https://www.ijidonline.com/article/S1201-9712(20)30600-7/fulltext

08/01/20
Quick background on the retracted Lancet study on hydroxychloroquine…
It has yet to be determined if the bogus study was politically motivated…however, the question would be, if not political, why would someone create a shell company to publish BS that arguably could cost people their lives?
https://twitter.com/drsimonegold/status/1289717020548726787

08/03/20
4.6 billion people live in countries where chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine is recommended for Covid19…chances are you are not living in one of those countries…yet.

08/24/20

In the WTF category of “science” comes this alarming report of giving severe symptomatic Covid patients lethal dose levels of hydroxychloroquine. No wonder some people are led to believe its dangerous…It’s the idiot research scientists who designed the study parameters who are dangerous.
https://www.palmerfoundation.com.au/health-impact-news-dr-meryl-nass-discovers-hydroxychloroquine-experiments-were-designed-to-kill-covid-patients-how-many-were-murdered-opinion/

12/16/20

Zinc is the bullet, Hydroxychloroquine or Ivermectin are the guns (transporters). If you only use HCQ you are effectively shooting blanks. The next time someone tells you the efficacy of HCQ has been debunked, ask them if the study(ies) they are referring you to included zinc.
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0924857920304258

08/31/20

Critique by epidemiologist on the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine.
It is now clear HCQ is a highly effective, cost effective therapeutic agent in the early treatment of Covid.
The question thus becomes why are some government agencies/authorities, supported by MSM “news,” blocking its recommendation/use?
https://www.realclearpolicy.com/articles/2020/08/25/the_tragic_hydroxychloroquine_debate_and_why_dr_fauci_is_like_a_scientist_who_denied_smoking_causes_lung_cancer_575139.html

09/06/20

Good News from Ohio – “In Ohio…a ban on hydroxychloroquine is being reversed….The State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy has reversed a rule that would prohibit the sale of hydroxychloroquine for the treatment or prevention of coronavirus.”
https://medicalfreedompac.com/ohio-hcq-ban

01/31/21

How the Hydroxychloroquine Scandal Wrecked America and the World Along With It
ROGER L. SIMON
January 31, 2021 Updated: January 31, 2021
You don’t have to be Emile Zola to say “J’accuse!”
I accuse—in no particular order—Time’s ‘Person of the Year’ nominee and frequent Wuhan, China visitor/collaborator Dr. Anthony Fauci; the Democrat Party (aka the “party of science”) and their nauseating, self-congratulatory leadership; the mainstream media and all their pompous, even more self-congratulatory “ships at sea” from the New York Times to CNN; Dr. Birx and whatever bureaucrat from the CDC was showing his/her face this week; the endless echo chamber in practically every health department in all fifty states; the foreign health departments that largely echoed that echo chamber; Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York (more of him in a moment); Governor Whitmer of Michigan; that atrocious governor of Nevada whose name I can’t remember or bother to look up…. I could go on… all of whom participated in what has emerged to be what is indisputably the greatest national, no, international, health disaster of our time—the Hydroxychloroquine Scandal.
This shameful distortion of medical science was emblematic of how politics not only crept into the treatment of the CCP virus, it bludgeoned that treatment and resulted in untold thousands, perhaps millions, of deaths while simultaneously making life unbearable for an even greater number across the globe—in fact, for practically everyone.
All of those mentioned above either dismissed or heavily downplayed “hydroxy”—a cheap anti-malarial drug, also used for lupus, that had been around for decades and is known to have minimal side effects—for the treatment of COVID-19.
Why? As most of us are aware, a man they thought an ogre, whom they despised, who knew nothing of science, recommended it—President Donald J. Trump—so it had to be disdained.
And yet hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) apparently did and does work in many instances, if taken early in the illness.
This was known way back in June 2020 when the esteemed British medical journal Lancet retracted its support of a dubious study it had published opposing the use of HCQ.
“We all entered this collaboration to contribute in good faith and at a time of great need during the COVID-19 pandemic. We deeply apologise to you, the editors, and the journal readership for any embarrassment or inconvenience that this may have caused.”
This apology, made eight months ago, was largely ignored by the mainstream media because it didn’t fit their narrative. And, worse yet, it might have benefited the nefarious Trump.
At the same time, many independent doctors were insisting that HCQ was working for them with real patients. They were similarly dismissed by a rabid press that had neither the inclination nor skills to investigate. (Laura Ingraham, to her credit, featured several of these doctors on her cable show.)
Meanwhile, thousands, if not millions, died across the globe who needn’t have.
How many we will never know but it’s a safe assumption a good number could have been spared.
The pervasive use of this drug might not have entirely saved us from COVID, but it could arguably have reduced the pandemic to the level of a bad year of flu.
Whatever the truth, an apposite description for what happened might be outrageous.
And now the equally-esteemed American Journal of Medicine in its January 2021 edition has finally admitted the same thing. HCQ often worked. Immediate administration of the drug while the patient was still at home showed significant benefits, they said.
Where were they during the Year of the Pandemic?
Oh, never mind. Politics is more important. So what if there’s a little collateral damage like a country, a world actually, being locked down with children being kept out of school, economies failing, myriad businesses closing never to return, mass unemployment, and, not surprisingly, a spike in suicides, not to mention illnesses, some terminal, being untreated that normally were?
And, needless to say, when it comes to medical science, what is declared true in the United States has serious ramifications across the globe because “the whole world is watching,” and often imitating, what happens here. Everyone pays attention, unfortunately, in this case, too much attention.
After all, they got to hear quarantine faker Chris Cuomo set things to right, ridiculing the idiocy of hydroxychloroquine on CNN International.
Speaking of which, and speaking of politics bludgeoning medical science, we have new disturbing (to put it mildly) information about his brother, Governor Andrew Cuomo, the man who paraded himself daily and endlessly, with constant media fawning, on television as the savior of New York, possibly the nation.
We now learn this mega-narcissist was all the while underplaying—by roughly fifty percent—the nursing home deaths for which he was at least partly responsible. And we were so informed by a Democrat New York State Attorney General, of all people. (Unlike the MSM, she should be applauded for having the guts to tell the truth.)
Being a fake must be the family business.
It’s a classic case of “what did he know and when did he know it,” but don’t expect to have an answer to that question any time soon. (Gov. Cuomo, dismisses his AG’s report, pointing his finger, you may be shocked to hear, at the previous administration.)
So where are we? Not in a happy place, I’m afraid, though, thanks to the “election” of Joe Biden, political leaders who previously instituted the most onerous of lockdowns are suddenly lightening up. Your favorite corner Thai place may actually survive. Be pleased about that and try to enjoy the benefits of hypocrisy.
But be extra careful when that so-called “party of science” continues to sell you its bill of science goods as the new administration’s “climate envoy” John Kerry just did, asserting this year’s climate summit in Scotland is the world’s “last best chance” to avert climate catastrophe.
I have a suspicion, as cartoonist Josh wittily observes (check it out here), that there will be many more “last best chances” to come.
Roger L. Simon is an award-winning novelist, Oscar-nominated screenwriter, co-founder of PJMedia, and now, editor-at-large for The Epoch Times. His most recent books are “The GOAT” (fiction) and “I Know Best: How Moral Narcissism Is Destroying Our Republic, If It Hasn’t Already” (nonfiction). Find him on Parler (he hopes again, soon) @rogerlsimon
Views expressed in this article are the opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.

06/20/22

In March 2020, Apotex Canada donated 2 million doses of hydroxychloroquine to be used in a study of its effect on frontline health workers.
I tried to find the results of the study and couldn’t….until today when I came across this April 2021 report:
“Overall Status: Terminated [Due to unproven issues associated with hydroxychloroquine use and safety, further complicated by media and political misinformation which in effect rendered all global studies on HCQ to stop enrolling participants.]”

So, due to some studies using toxic amounts of HCQ, and the resulting media misinformation that HCQ is toxic (when it has a proven safety record at 400mg/day) the study, and others, were thwarted.


This is how misinformation in MSM, sponsored by Big Pharma, plays a role in keeping Big Pharma in control of the narrative.

I wrote a detailed analysis of HCQ studies, and how “scientists” misused HCQ in many studies, while in others, when combined with zinc supplementation, HCQ was shown to be effective….the devil is in the details.
https://islandstrust.files.wordpress.com/2021/12/hcq-and-zinc.pdf

09/07/22
Its almost as if Big Pharma didn’t want competition and put pressure on the College of Physicians and Surgeons to delicense any doctor who dared saving their patients with either Ivermectin or Hydroxychloroquine (and zinc)….
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/35070575/

Our Faith in You is Leaking

Here is an example of the, for lack of a better term, absurdity that is occurring at the North Salt Spring Waterworks District Board these days…

“A discussion was held on how to raise awareness of the consequences of water leaks. Suggestions put forward included providing information on the website, advertising in the Driftwood, updating the Welcome Package, and confirming contact information including business numbers.

Moved by Gary Gagne – …the Board directs staff to amend the leak allowance policy to allow for up to six weeks to apply for a leak allowance subject to proof being provided that the leak was fixed within 30 days.

Seconded by Chris Dixon,

Approved by All”

The absurdity in this is you have a Board that has ignored their own 20,000,000 gallon leak(s) PER YEAR in the St. Mary Lake system literally for decades, which, the last time I looked was far beyond 30 days.

Every month we get a report from NSSWD about how water is scarce….no bloody wonder with a 20 million gallon a year leak.

PS – That is 20 million gallons of TREATED WATER from our new treatment plant.

PPS – What does it cost ratepayers to treat 20 million gallons of water each and every year that we get no return from? Best guess about $800,000/year.

And it is us who are paying the water bills.

How Islands Trust Council Can Save $2,000,000/year and Increase its Efficiency


The Islands Trust has a long and challenging history of retaining planning staff. Currently I understand Salt Spring’s planning department is short 3 planners. As a result we have typically ended up with junior planners filling in the vacancies.

As of 2007, per the Stantec Report, planning staff was working at less than 40% efficiency, arguably at least partly due to junior planners and high turnover.

As of the 2019 budget, planning staff was working at less than an 8% efficiency, costing taxpayers over $2 million/year…about 20% of the entire Trust budget…to process development applications.

It is time for Trust Council to deal with this…and there is a simple solution readily available for immediate implementation.

For years, it has been an option for development applicants to hire an independent “contract planner”  (ICP) in order to have the ICP to work with the applicant and prepare a Staff Report on the applications for the Regional Planning Manager’s approval, prior to its submission to the Local Trust Committees. The applicant pays the ICP, who reports directly to the RPM.

The Trust already has previously created 15 “Work Order” sheets, which contain time estimations for processing of the various land use applications. (see https://islandstrust.files.wordpress.com/2019/09/application-fees-processing.pdf )

My recommendations for Trust Council are to direct staff to:

(a)  obtain a list of qualified, independent contract planners available on Vancouver Island.

(b) promote every development applicant to use an ICP whenever possible

(c) explain to applicants that, by using an ICP, their application will be dealt with faster

(d) explain to applicants that the cost of their application fee will, in most cases, cover the cost of processing the application as per the Work Order sheets’ time estimates.

This would cost the Trust $0.00 to implement, with a potential savings of over $2,000,000/year.

Eric Booth, Salt Spring Island Local Trustee 2002-2005.

These are two links to the historical background on this issue –

https://islandstrust.wordpress.com/2019/09/17/islands-trust-wasted-2092108-in-2018/

Presentation to March 2020 Trust Council – https://islandstrust.wordpress.com/2020/03/11/reading-the-riot-act/

Interesting Conflicting Interests

A “local trustee” is elected to represent the electors of the Trust Area they represent. As a local trustee they are one of three members of a corporation – e.g. the Salt Spring Island Local Trust Committee.

Sitting on that corporation, their duty is to represent their electors.

When the local trustees from all 13 Trust Areas meet together, they form another corporate body – Islands Trust Council. At Islands Trust Council their duty is to represent their electors.

And this is where the train starts to go off the tracks.

Four of the elected local trustees are elected to sit as “persons” on the Executive Committee. As soon as they do, IMO, the first of a couple of conflicts of interests are created.

How can someone who is a representative of the electors of a Trust Area also be a representative of a corporate body that is at once comprised of 26 people sitting in their capacity as Trustees, also sit as one of 4 Executive Committee members? This is a dual capacity situation.

Example – When the Chair of the Islands Trust Council speaks, is he representing his constituents, or the corporate body, Islands Trust Council? This duality does not occur in any other local government, or any provincial or federal government level. An MLA who is elected to be part of the provincial government, can be a minister in the government, because it is the same corporate body – “His Majesty the King, in right of the Province of British Columbia.”

Now, we move into the second conflict. When an Executive Committee member sits on a local trust committee, in what capacity are they acting? Technically it is in the capacity as a member of the Islands Trust Council corporate body. Thus, the Local Trust Committee is comprised of a corporate member from Islands Trust Council, and the two locally elected trustees.

However, how can an Executive Committee member put aside their Local Trustee viewpoints, which they were arguably elected to represent, when they sit at the Local Trust table?

Example – Executive Committee Vice Chair “A” is from “Island X” and thinks all short term vacation rentals should be outlawed on Island X. When they sit as a Chair on Island Y, how do they put aside their settled opinion when faced with being a tie breaker on Island Y? In this example, the very fact that the question of STVR’s is before Vice Chair A, should be enough to have them declare their biased opinion, which may affect the electorate of Island Y.

Once again, this situation never arises in any other local, provincial or federal government level.

Simoultaneous roles in two, separate, government corporations which are interconnected should not be allowed.

These are inherent flaws in the current Islands Trust “unique” system of governance which should be examined, and corrected, in a Provincial review of the governance.

Boardwalk To Nowhere…


A little “recent” history of the Ganges Boardwalk. (recent since it actually started in 1988)

The following are extracts from CRD, Islands Trust and Driftwood reports….

The Salt Spring Island Local Trust Committee (SSI LTC) added Ganges Village Area Plan to its work program as a top priority in June 2013.

A project charter was developed following meetings with senior CRD staff and the Community Economic Development Commission. Grant funding was sought including from the Union of BC Municipalities Community to Community Forum for early engagement with First Nations.

Based on feedback from early engagement and funding results, the SSI LTC focused developing a Ganges Village Plan first on developing a Ganges boardwalk.

In 2014 a revised project charter was drafted in consultation with the CRD and with help from a contracted management consultant.

A volunteer Ganges Harbour Walk Steering Committee was created, broad and ongoing discussions with upland land owners commenced, a concept design was commissioned and a bylaw drafted (Bylaw 491).

Jan. 27&30, 2016- Special Business Meetings for community engagement

Feb. 11, 2016 – LTC direct staff to draft bylaw; to consult with PARC to change zoning of Pecks cove to PR4(a); rescind the resolution requesting an appraisal; and develop a Terms of Reference for a Joint Task Force

March 10, 2016-LTC give first reading to Bylaw 491 and sent for referrals



10.3 Salt Spring Island Local Trust Committee Bylaw No. 491 Referral (for Response) MA-2016-024 It was Moved and Seconded that Mayne Island Local Trust Committee interests are unaffected by Salt Spring Island Local Trust Committee Bylaw No. 491. CARRIED

April 26, 2016 – Planner Chloe Fox contracted to advance project deliverables

July 28, 2016 – Planner Jason Youmans assigned to file

August 3, 2016 – Project update received from Chloe Fox. Planner Youmans reviewing work to date and next steps March 10, 2016-LTC give first reading to Bylaw 491 and sent for referrals

September 15, 2016 – Communications with land owners and other stakeholders. Communications with CRD. Anticipate report to LTC October 13 meeting.

November 15, 2016 – Trustee Grove and Planner Youmans meet Ganges Marina owners

June 1, 2017 – LTC directed planning staff to prepare information materials for community engagement about the scale and type of development the community would want to see on the properties upland from the boardwalk.

The result of that was the beginning of the backtracking on Bylaw 491 by the Trustees and the CRD Director.

In the spring of 2018, the SSI LTC wrote to the Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development advising of Salt Spring community’s desire to see renewal of Ganges Marina water lease made contingent on securing the harbourwalk route for public use.

The SSI LTC, and subsequently the CRD, applied for a statutory right of way within which a harbour walk can be constructed.

January 27, 2019 CRD Director Gary Holman reported he had written to the Province and recommended that the renewal of the foreshore leases be dependent upon the securing of a public Right of Way in front of the upland property owners.

On October 1, 2019, the SSI LTC removed Ganges Village Planning – Harbourwalk from the Top Priority List and placed it on the projects list.

May 26, 2020 – Despite the “demotion” to the projects list, the project still receives minor attention through communication with the Ganges Harbourwalk Steering Committee and responding to communications such as received by the SSI LTC in April and May 2020.

Bylaw 491 remains at first reading and could be elevated back to a top priority for consideration of amending in order to consider the Ganges (and Salt Spring) Marina’s request for float homes. CRD communications indicate their support in the process and “look forward to providing input from the various local commissions in an effort to coordinate impacts on utilities and help obtain community consensus” (attachment 2).

Priorities and Resources Village Planning has been an SSI LTC strategic priority since August 2019. However, Ganges Village Planning has been a top priority since 2013 with a focus on the harbourwalk, since 2014.

The top priority was placed on the projects list late in 2019 which gave room to, eventually, elevate protection of the CDF ecosystem as a top priority. Despite being on the projects list, staff continue to communicate with stakeholders primarily through the Ganges Harbour Walk Steering Committee and as correspondences are received.

Appointing “Village Planning” to a top priority versus elevating “Ganges Village Planning – Harbourwalk” from the projects list back to the top priorities list, would respectfully be akin to taking the existing Ganges Village Project – Harbourwalk to its 2013 origin.

Staff recommend that instead, the SSI LTC consider elevating Ganges Village Planning – Harbourwalk back to a top priority, when resources are available, and focus on responding to recent CRD communications and use existing Bylaw 491 as a starting point for further stakeholder discussions.

The SSI LTC 347 Islands Trust Staff Report 5 could amend the bylaw to function as local area plan albeit refined to the foreshore and immediate upland land owners between Salt Spring Marina and Rotary Park.

Staff also remind the SSI LTC that implementation of the Local Planning Services Review further proposes to use planning resources to draft policies and to refine its own implementation strategies. In regards to the rest of the work program, staff will remove Affordable Housing – Cottages from the top priorities list and assign Island Planner Jason Youmans to Protection of the Coastal Douglas Fir Ecosystem. No resolution is required.


And here we are….October 2022 and still a Boardwalk to Nowhere….

In Search of the Perfect Politician


The title is of course click bait, since there is no “perfect politician.”

There are, however, people who aspire to be the best representative of the people they can be.

They are usually independent, and, if they are new to the arena, are likely, as I was, somewhat naïve to the way government works.

The learning curve for an elected representative can be steep unless they receive guidance from colleagues or those who with experience.

All of that having been said, here is my top ten list of what makes a good local politician:

1. Have a vision for your community,

2. Express the vision clearly, and if elected, stick to the vision,

3. Always remember who you work for, and treat their money (taxes) as if it were your own,

4. Be solution oriented…for every problem there is a solution,

5. Do not be afraid to say what you think,

6. Remember, if elected, you were elected to lead, not follow, your electorate,

7. Think of what you are going to say, before the words pass your lips,

8. Listen to people more than talk, your job is to accumulate information upon which decisions are made,

9. Stand firm, in the face of opposition, if you believe the decision you are making is the right decision,

10. Don’t unnecessarily delay any decision to be made…delays only create disharmony of opinions.

On October 15th, this Saturday, vote for those who you think can best aspire to being the perfect politician.

Chamberlaining Needs to Stop


Neville Chamberlain was a British Prime Minister, best known for his foreign policy of appeasement, and in particular for his signing of the Munich Agreement on 30 September 1938.

As we all know, the results of that agreement didn’t turn out very well in the end.

“Appeasement” seldom, if ever, works in politics if you actually want to get anything accomplished.

If you want to please everyone you will please no one, simply because the task is impossible.

People are opinionated, and I, for one, am certainly no exception.

My opinion on the housing crisis, which I have been writing about for over 20 years now, really hasn’t changed.

The solutions I proposed in 2002-2005 are the same I would propose today – an employee, home ownership model ala Whistler’s solution. I am not a proponent of rental units unless there is no choice…as is the case at the moment.

The reason I am opposed to rentals long term is that they create a perpetual servant class of serfs…(or is that just a serfant class?) If you’re renting you’re paying someone else’s mortgage.

Getting back to “appeasement,” for years now a relatively small group of environmentalists on the island have been gettting appeased at every step of the way. Their familiar anti-everything Driftwood articles spawn ad nauseum.

They complain about water shortages as if the entire island had water problems, or, as if it never rains somewhere on the island, while in the next sentence say they are big supporters of rainwater catchment.

They complain in the Winter about trees being cut down and used for lumber or firewood, while sitting around their woodstove in the comfort of their wood frame home. Then they complain in the Summer that the same trees they don’t want cut down pose a significant wildfire risk, but don’t themselves practively follow Fire Smart guidelines by thinning their piece of heaven.

They complain that everyone should drive an electric car or ride a bike, blythely ignoring the environmental damage done in the mining of the raw materials for the car (in someone else’s “backyard”), and the fact they don’t ride their bikes to the grocery store in the middle of Winter…or Fall…or Spring….or whenever its raining…or whenever they have to go to Windsor Plywood.

They complain about over development when there is virtually no development.

They complain when the vacant lot next door, which they have walked their dog on for years, is finally built on.

They complain about more people coming to the island, when the vast majority of them moved here in the last 30 years. The population when I was growing up here was about 2,000. They don’t recognize they are part of their own “problem.”

You don’t see a single one of them carefully demolish their homes, covenant their property for no develpment, restore the environment, hand over their title deed to one of many First Nations, and then leave the island.

They say “Don’t change Salt Spring, let Salt Spring change you.” but ignore the fact they are responsible for the majority of the change that has occurred on the island. If only we had adopted that slogan back in 1973 pre-Islands Trust…

It is now time for their appeasement to stop. It doesn’t mean the complainers will simply go quietly into the night. On the contrary they will become fully enraged when they realize that their political pressure tactics have ceased to function as planned.

However, it doesn’t mean the changes necessary to create employee housing on the island will be environmentally destructive. Energy efficient houses are now standard. Clustering of development is energy efficient. Apartment buildings are energy efficient.

What is not efficient is the continual barrage of negativity, without any alternative proposed solutions coming from the “Positively No” crowd, which is slowly transforming into “Absolutely No.”

It is time for the “Positively Yes” crowd to emerge with the creative solutions. Our employees and employers need to stand up and be counted.

This Saturday, October 15th, vote wisely. Vote for real change. Vote for those who are prepared to enable a sustainable employee housing solution.

I am voting for Don Marcotte and Jamie Harris for Trust, and Kylie Coates for CRD Director. I would urge anyone who cares for this community’s future to do the same.



A Billion Gallons Late….

30 years ago, in 1992, the new Gulf Island Senior Secondary school was constructed. As part of the process and planning, additional water lines were placed alongside Rainbow Road for the future transportation of reclaimed water from the Ganges Sewer plant. The reclaimed water would be used for watering the school fields.

The Ganges Sewer plant pumps out about 113,000 gallons of water into Ganges Harbour each and every day. The majority of the water originally comes from Lake Maxwell.

The maximum for suspended solids (TDS) for streams bearing fish is 25 parts per million (ppm). Ganges Sewer treated water is 1 ppm.

Biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) is how much oxygen does water use to decompose organics. The allowable limit for BOD is 25 ppm…clean surface water would be 5 ppm or less….the Ganges plant’s water is just 3 ppm, about the same as St. Mary Lake.

Fecal coliform limit is 1,000 per 100 millilitres of water. The limit if you want to use a stream or lake for a water source is 100 per 100 ml of water. The Ganges effluent is about 25…

Thus, if the remainder of the water was treated to remove phosphorus, iron, copper, zinc, pharmaceuticals, etc. (easily done with reverse osmosis), the water would be drinkable.

A number of years ago I had contacted the Ministry of Environment inquiring what level of treatment is required to make the water useable for irrigation/landscaping. I was informed, due to its already highly treated state, it would need a relatively simple filtration, UV treatment (e-coli) and flocculation (to remove any potential viruses).

Along with others, I have been asking the question as to why the recycling of the water has not, in 30 years, been accomplished.

On August 30, 2018, just before the last election, the School District approached the Ganges Sewer Commission and asked if the District could pay for a study to be done to determine exactly what was necessary in order to move the potential recycling into reality.

The following is from the minutes of the meeting:

Mr. Pingle was present on behalf of the School District #64 to answer any questions
regarding their request for a feasibility study to utilize the wastewater effluent from the
Ganges Sewer to water playing fields.
• Last year NSSWD permitted field watering at a cost of $30,000; this year no
watering was allowed and fields will cost $15,000 to repair and are unusable for
fall/winter sports.
• Appears to be an ongoing issue with a potential solution.
School District is offering to pay 100% of the feasibility study which would
determine scope of work, governmental approvals and regulatory requirements,
estimated capital costs and governance o
f a new local service.

• The CRD has previously studied the use of reclaimed waste water and will share
any gained knowledge.
• Consider consultation with municipalities currently using reclaimed wastewater.
• SD64 would provide land for reservoir tank.
• Potential for additional community uses to be determined

The Commission moved to go forward with the offer.

That the Ganges Sewer Local Services Commission agrees in principle to the use of
reclaimed wastewater by School District 64 to irrigate playing fields adjacent to
Rainbow Road; and that the School District will fund a feasibility study which includes
consideration of other community uses.

Then, on October 27th, 2020, the budget showed that funding for the $50,000 study had been switched from the School District to Community Works Funds….

And then, on October 14, 2021, the budget showed the funding had been increased to $57,500 and now was not being paid for by either the School District or Community Works Funds, BUT, by the Ratepayers.

I inquired why/how/when the two changes had been made, and was informed Community Works Funds would not allow money to be spent on studies.

However there was no reasonable explanation as to why RATEPAYERS were picking up the $57,500 tab for the study instead of the School.

It appears that for some reason the School funding was turned down. It appears someone other than the Commission made the decision for the Ratepayers to fund the study, because there are no such decisions showing in the minutes.

I lay the blame of this over taxation of the Ganges Sewer Ratepayers at the feet of Director Holman. Likewise I lay the fact the study has not yet been completed at his feet.

The budget in the just posted agenda for the October 7, 2022 Ganges Sewer meeting shows that the study has now been shunted off to 2025. Given the previous delays, I would be surprised if it is completed before the NEXT election in 2026. https://www.crd.bc.ca/docs/default-source/crd-document-library/committeedocuments/gangessewerlocalservicecommissionssi/20221007/2022-10-07agenda.pdf?sfvrsn=ec7e86cd_2

About 113,000 gallons…a day….@ 50 gpd per person, is enough to supply 2,260 people each and every day…on an island where we hear, virtually every week, we don’t have any/enough water.

30 years x 113,000 gallons per day = 1.2 BILLION GALLONS which has been flushed out into Ganges Harbour.

Since 1992, our current CRD Director, Gary Holman, has been a CRD Director for 3 terms of office (2002-2005, 2005-2008, 2018-2022, and 1 term of office as our MLA.

He has had his 3 chances to do something about one of our most precious, underutilized, resources on the island, and its time someone took over that can get something accomplished in less than the next 4 years….you know…like the Boardwalk.



An Election Time Miracle…

Well bless my soul…a CRD miracle has occurred now that tourist season is over, and coincidentally just weeks before the election.

The CRD waterfront gazebo, which has been a public disgrace since the last election, has just been replaced…without its top…but that’s better than what it looked like.

Here’s what it looked like 4 years ago…

Here it is earlier this year after they chopped off the roof.

And here it is as of a couple of days ago….

4 years to repair one of the waterfront feature spots in Ganges….

Now, will it take another 4 years to complete the 34 year old Boardwalk, or are we going to elect someone who will make the Boardwalk a priority and keep it a priority until its done?

Asking for a community that is ashamed of inaction in public office…