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Week of August 12

College’s muzzling of Ontario doctors unethical, dangerous Sir: Censorship of our doctors in Ontario is unacceptable.
Letters to the editor

College’s muzzling of Ontario doctors unethical, dangerous

Sir: Censorship of our doctors in Ontario is unacceptable. All of us, regardless of our stance on COVID, should be concerned about the blatant censorship that is occurring today in our country.

In April, Ontario’s physician licensing body, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, issued a statement forbidding physicians from questioning or debating any or all of the official measures imposed in response to COVID-19.

The College went on to threaten physicians with punishment – investigations and disciplinary action.

A group of brave and concerned doctors responded by declaring their primary duty of care is not to the College, but to their patients.

They called the College’s position unethical and deeply disturbing, because it denies the scientific method itself and violates their pledge to use evidence-based medicine with their patients.

What’s more, the doctors said, it violates their sacred duty of informed consent – the process by which the patient and public is fully informed of the risks, benefits and alternatives to treatment before consent is given.

The Nuremberg Code, drafted in the aftermath of the atrocities perpetrated within the Nazi concentration camps – expressly forbids the imposition of any kind of intervention without informed consent, the physicians noted, adding they will never comply and will always put their patients first.

So far, more than 600 doctors and more than 17,000 concerned citizens have signed the declaration, which can be seen at

Dr. Peter McCullough is an internist, cardiologist, epidemiologist and a full professor of medicine at Texas A&M College of Medicine in Dallas. He is one of the top five most-published medical researchers in the United States and is editor of two medical journals.

McCullough has been an outspoken advocate for early treatment for COVID. Last December he published an article co-written with 56 other authors with experience treating COVID-19 patients entitled "Multifaceted Highly Targeted Sequential Multidrug Treatment of Early Ambulatory High-Risk SARS-CoV-2 Infection" in the journal Reviews in Cardiovascular Medicine.

Yet our Canadian doctors are not allowed to discuss this life-saving protocol.

Lives are being lost needlessly. We need to demand access from our government officials!

George Stanko


We shouldn’t let any COVID-19 vaccine go to waste

Sir: I have recently become aware of doses of vaccine expiring at local pharmacies.

Isn’t there an effort to redistribute vaccines that are about to expire? If there isn’t someone in charge of monitoring vaccination rates and evaluating remaining stock levels, there needs to be.Someone could have anticipated a pharmacy not using up hundreds and hundreds of doses. It’s not a difficult task to look at injections rates and trends and conduct an inventory.

I do not know if this is a municipal or provincial issue. However, there is a solution.

Sarnia is capable of providing a mobile clinic to target specific areas, mobility being an issue for some.

What’s not used should be redistributed to areas of Canada that need vaccine, as well as countries unable to procure it. Sincerely,

Diane Smith


Let’s complete the job and extend Canatara trail

Sir: Most residents and many visitors enjoy what Canatara Park has to offer. The City of Sarnia promotes its picnic areas, open sports field, entertainment events, the beach, the drive through, and, of course, the paved walkway along its southern boundary.

Several years ago Point Edward funded and installed, in partnership Sarnia, the lighted southern pathway. It winds through the park, with one end terminating at the intersection of Christina Street and Cathcart Boulevard.

This walkway is busy, to say the least, and is a ‘job well done!’ Now it’s time for Sarnia to finish the job.

I suggest a lighted walkway be extended south from the Christina-Cathcart intersection, along the west side of Christina and winding through what residents know as Tarzanland, to connect with the walkway at Christina and Michigan Avenue. That would complete a ‘Walk around the Park,’ making a safe and needed route for pedestrians who want to enjoy what Canatara has to offer.

Terry Furlotte


How much time will hospital helipad really save?

Sir: Regarding Bluewater Health’s proposed helipad. Presently, transfers by ambulance from the hospital to the airport take approximately 15 minutes.

Weather will limit the helipad more than the airport. In health care, time is vital but how much time will be saved using a helipad?

Thomas O'Malley

Bright’s Grove

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