Prisons should be prioritized in COVID vaccinations

January 10, 2021

So, episode 114 – a new record.  But you know that right? Because you subscribe to the show and have already rated and reviewed the podcast – right? You should.

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Last week Conservative Party leader Erin O’Tool tweeted that “Not one criminal should be vaccinated ahead of any vulnerable Canadian or front-line health worker.”

O’Toole’s latest populist gambit is the perfect dog whistle to the tough-on-crime crowd. Unfortunately throwing away the health and lives of people in jail has real world consequences.

As reported in Vice by Justin Ling, The COVID-19 outbreak in Canada’s prisons has been catastrophic. And as prouder Lisa Kerr explains in the Globe and Mail, O’Toole’s promise to put prisoners last will cost lives and make our communities more dangerous.

I wonder who O’Toole thinks should be second last to get the vaccine? I wonder where you are on his list?

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