Health Canada Blocked Alcohol Hand Cleaners From Reserves

HEALTH CANADA STOPS ALCOHOL BASED HAND SANITIZERS FROM ENTERING NORTHERN RESERVES

Canadas’ infinitely silly government during the massive swine flu outbreak prevented native populations from accessing hand cleaners on their reserves after concerns arose that the natives to which the sanitizers were going, might abuse the alcohol found in the cleaners themselves!
(no picture….here’s a description instead….native persons sitting around wringing out their lysol wipes while Canadas’ health minister looks on….in background of photo, large CPC emblem with a grinning Harper superimposed over the slogan…Canadas’ new government…working for someone, just not you!)
This is a despicable action by an out of touch government that spends more time consulting with consultants than talking to its’ own citizens.
Granted there are massive substance abuse problems on some reserves, but those same problems exist everywhere else across this nation of ours as well and I didn’t see hand sanitizer pulled from the shelves of stores in Canada anywhere.(maybe Ontario would be a good place to start where all of those liquor store employees have walked off of the job)
Instead of helping this population of people to obtain the tools to reduce the effect of the swine flu virus, this government instead fell prey to its’ own paranoia about native populations and instead allowed the flu to continue its’ spread totally unchecked.
Many native reserves have no running water or sanitary systems and native populations are in the north are forced to rely on the benevolence of this not so friendly government, and obviously this government has failed them completely in its’ support of and for them.
Send the people some bloody hand cleaner…it’s the responsible thing to do at a time when simply washing hands can thwart a virus like the swine flu dead in its’ tracks.

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6 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    Posted June 24, 2009 at 10:50 am | Permalink

    Typical Canadian attitude. If the government won't do something for you it's time to whine and snivel. You're right about the government's attitude but the idea that they have to do without hand cleaner because the government won't give it to them is bullshit.

    Take a look at how much money is given to northern reserves and then tell me they couldn't afford to order their own goddam hand cleaner! They've become so dependant on government that they'd rather risk death than (god forbid) maybe provide for themselves?

    It's time to completely overhaul the government's attitude toward Natives. Our current policies are based on the idea that Indians are retarded children that can't do anything for themselves. This systemic racism has resulted in a native population that seem quite happy to live up to those expectations.

  2. Anonymous
    Posted June 24, 2009 at 10:58 am | Permalink

    Actually, the government banned the shipping and purchase of hand cleaners on some reserves.

  3. Anonymous
    Posted June 24, 2009 at 12:18 pm | Permalink

    Actually, The Natives PERMITTED the government to ban the shipping and purchase of hand cleaners on some reserves.

    If you had the choice of risking your health and the health of your family vs defying some bureaucratic hack in Ottawa what would you do? I'd find a way to buy the hand cleaner. I guess that makes me a bad citizen.

  4. Anonymous
    Posted June 24, 2009 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

    this was a boneheaded move by the gov't, but this statement:

    "Many native reserves have no running water or sanitary systems and native populations are in the north are forced to rely on the benevolence of this not so friendly government…"

    is absolute bullshit. and i don't just mean the terrible grammar. no natives are FORCED by the government to do or not do anything. they are not FORCED to live way up north and they certainly aren't FORCED to rely on the government for anything. luckily, we still live in a society where the government, at least at a very basic level, exists to empower people, to help them achieve their full potential. what people, including natives and band chiefs, do with that power is their own damn choice.

  5. Anonymous
    Posted June 24, 2009 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

    10:22 AM :

    You've nailed it, except for this part: "the government, at least at a very basic level, exists to empower people, to help them achieve their full potential. "

    Wishful thinking I'm afraid. If I may, "the government, at least at a very basic level, exists to empower itself." That's a general comment on government not a partisan attack.

  6. Anonymous
    Posted June 29, 2009 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

    I know it seems Big Brotherish, but I've spent a lot of time in isolated northern native communities all over this country, and I've seen some horrible things. It's common for retail outlets and pharmacies close to isolated reserves to keep rubbing alcohol, aftershave, and other similar items behind the counter.

    I'm not saying it's right, and I'm not saying it's logical when the swine flu is out there; I'm just saying that isolated idigenous communities suffer from an exceptionally high level of substance abuse. This is a genuine problem, and I don't know what the solution is.


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