Clowns in the Covid Circus
It seems quite clear to me the problem with the constant increases in Covid cases is all of the qualities listed above.
Tom Stewart, CEO of the St. Joseph’s Health Centre in Hamilton and Niagara had no problem telling Ontarians to avoid non-essential travel, yet jetted off to his place in the Dominican Republic for three weeks. This after he told us to stay home and physical distance for the holidays. Of course, when he gets caught we hear the usual trite apology.
The outrageous part of this is Tom will get $1 million in severance as per his contract. His contract calls for it if he’s terminated “without cause”. In the eyes of many, it seems there is “cause” for dismissal. Outright ignoring your directions for everyone else to me would seem to be a clear reason. It also shows a “lack of leadership”. The Board of Directors at St. Joe’s feel there is no “cause”. I reached out to the Board for a comment, but have yet to hear back.
Meanwhile, Dr. Paul Woods in London saw that and said “hold my beer”. 5- times since March, Dr. Woods has travelled to the US to visit family. The final time, you guessed it, was for the Christmas holidays. At a time when people were told to stay home and physically distanced for Christmas, Dr.Woods tapped into that “sense of entitlement”.
These are just the latest Clowns in the Covid Circus. I’ll be honest. I was hopeful that our politicians would heed the directions they were giving us, but was not surprised that MP’s, MPP’s, MLA’s from all parties were caught ducking the rules. It’s beyond worrisome that top healthcare leaders are doing the same. And that’s a concern when you consider how bad the messaging has been. We need new leaders to get us on the right path. If you have any of the skills above, perhaps with a dose of unaccountability, please get your CV in now and join them under “Under the Big Top”.