I don’t agree with Canadian students attending Lake Superior State University being permitted to travel back and forth across the International Bridge on a daily basis during the pandemic.
A couple of weeks ago a man who lives in the United States but works at Algoma Steel won that right in an arbitration ruling.
I didn’t agree with that either.
I couldn’t understand how an arbitration decision could override rules laid down by the Canadian government in closing the border.
When Lake State announced in July that its Canadian students could cross the border freely without self-isolation restrictions, it seemed to be contradicted by our MP, Terry Sheehan..
Fred Pierce, LSSU dean of admission and marketing, was quoted in a story in The Sault Star as saying he had been in constant contact with the Canadian Border Services Agency and LSSU had requested and received an exemption for Canadian students once the federal government had implemented the new continued closure date until Aug. 21.
But Sheehan said he’d spoken with ministers responsible for Public Health Canada and Canadian Border Services Agency and they confirmed that policies and regulations that are in place under the Quarantine Act remain so.
I thought at the time that would effectively mean there would be no crossing of the border.
But Sheehan recently told the paper that under the Quarantine Act each time students return to Canada they will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days.
“Students that choose to cross to LSSU to attend classes and return to Canada must go directly home; they must have their own bedroom and bathroom and social distance,” Sheehan said. “They can’t go to bars, restaurants, ride public transit or socialize with friends in any fashion.”
Those who breach the terms could be fined up to $750,000 and face up to six months in jail.
Sheehan said the Quarantine Act includes a reporting system and random checks can be performed to ensure the individuals are self-isolating.
There better be.
We are talking about students here and they are at an age when they like to meet up with friends and party. Many seem to think rules don’t apply to them.
We of a much-older generation can’t really frown on them because we went through all that ourselves.
But then that wasn’t during a pandemic.
Under the present system set up by the government, the requirement to self-isolate for 14 days after each crossing effectively means students will have no life outside of travelling to and attending classes and being at home.
It will take a pretty strong-willed person to go along with that.
However, I will take Sheehan at his word that checks will be made to ensure that students are adhering to the requirements of the Quarantine Act.
I would have much preferred that Canadian students attending Lake State take lessons online, rather than by actually attending because colleges in the United States are already reporting cases of the virus by the hundreds.
But apparently Lake State only offers about 20 percent of its courses online.
An alternative might be for them to stay on the other side of the border.
We are in a unique situation since our city sits right across the border from an American university.
But I really don’t like the thought of anyone being allowed to travel back and forth freely over the International Bridge, picking up whatever and bringing it here. .
We have kept the virus pretty well under control on our side whereas the Americans have done anything but.
We only need a couple of loose cannons from their side to make a change in our situation here.
A COUPLE OF WEEKS back I wrote about a team of scientists from Duke University, who had unveiled a simple device to evaluate the effectiveness of face coverings, claiming that wearing neck gaiters during the pandemic was no better than wearing nothing at all.
They claimed a regular mask was the way to go.
Well, they received some pushback.
The Washington Post reported that in response to the Duke study, aerosol scientists have conducted their own gaiter experiments, studying the face covering’s ability to block droplets and whether it is possible to produce smaller particles similar to what the Duke researchers saw.
The new research apparently showed that when a single-layer gaiter is worn doubled up, it is highly effective at blocking a range of particle sizes.
The Duke study just involved a neck gaiter made of a thin polyester spandex material.
I just thought I should provide this update.
It is OK to use a gaiter instead of a mask, just make sure it is doubled up.
REUTERS NEWS reported last week that Giancarlo Granda said he had sex with Becki Falwell over a six-year period while her husband, Jerry Falwell Jr., head of Liberty University and one of the most influential figures in the American Christian conservative movement, looked on.
I think Falwell came up with the quote of the week when he told Virginia Business that ”the story was 90 percent false.”
Ninety percent false?
That means 10 percent of the story about his wife having sex with Granda, whom the Falwells had befriended as a young man cleaning pools years ago, while he looked on had to be true.
All I think Falwell did with his comment was whet the appetite for people wanting to know what was in that 10 percent.
Did he maybe look on with one eye?
I think in some cases people are wise to say nothing.
This seems like one of them.
Leaving 10 percent on the board as being true in a situation like the one at hand just leads to more questions.