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North Bay 'PSW' Nolan Mcleod Ignores Social Distancing Guidelines

Updated on May 31, 2020
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Stephen Sinclair is a Canadian freelance writer who has been publishing professionally for several years.

North Bay, Ontario's Nolan Mcleod

Nolan Mcleod is above social distancing. [Fair Use/Fair Dealing]
Nolan Mcleod is above social distancing. [Fair Use/Fair Dealing]

Nolan Mcleod: 'I'm Not The Devil'

Despite that states of emergency that many jurisdictions currently find themselves under, there remains an element of society that is positive that said states are overreaching and implemented in bad faith, perhaps even with the goal of limiting personal freedoms and enslaving communities, as discussed by The Atlantic. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Premier Doug Ford have hidden agendas. The pandemic is made up. There isn't any real danger.

What seems more likely is that this selfish group doesn't give two hoots about anyone else and is, indeed, acting in a bad faith effort to simply reduce the inconvenience to their day-to-day lives. While nurses, doctors, police officers, taxi drivers, grocery workers, and many others, have risked their lives to keep Canada running, a certain element has found social distancing beneath them.

One such individual is North Bay, Ontario "PSW" Nolan Mcleod. Mr. Mcleod shares a North Bay rooming house with someone who has "damaged kidneys" and an "enlarged aorta" and another, a stroke-surviving senior citizen.

When Doug Ford declared a province-wide state of emergency in early March, he asked Ontarians to socially distance themselves, limit public gatherings to five people or less, practice good hygiene, and, perhaps most importantly, not bring visitors to the homes of vulnerable people.

Times Of Nolan Mcleod Guest Visits Since The Start Of The State Of Emergency

  • March 25: 4 pm, 6:30 pm, 8:30 pm
  • March 27: 1:30 am
  • April 1: 12 am
  • April 2: 10 pm
  • April 5: 11:30 pm
  • April 6: 6:30 pm
  • April 12: 1:45 am
  • April 24: 6:30 pm
  • April 25: 2:30 am
  • April 29: 6:30 pm
  • April 30: 12:45 am, 5:30 am
  • May 5: 6 pm
  • May 6: 7 pm
  • May 7: 4:30 am
  • May 9: 4:30 am
  • May 10: 7 pm
  • May 12: 7:30 pm
  • May 14: 7:20 pm
  • May 18: 12:30 am
  • May 19: 8:45 pm
  • May 21: 7:15 pm
  • May 22: 4:20 am, 8:20 pm
  • May 23: 1:10 am
  • May 25: 9:50 pm
  • May 26: 9:15 pm
  • May 27: 7:10 pm, 9:40 pm
  • May 29: 9:30 pm

Personal Support Worker Risking Lives

Specifically, the province asked Ontarians to stay away from:

  • those over 65
  • those with "chronic medical conditions"
  • those who suspect they may have COVID-19 symptoms

During one of the agency's regular visits to Mr. Mcleod's residence since the beginning of the pandemic, North Bay Police Constable Sarah Kavanagh reiterated these guidelines to the "PSW."

"I'm not the devil," Mcleod replied. He went on to express his view that his actions have been somehow different than those who congregated on Florida beaches through the 2020 spring break, as featured with the New York Times.

The North Bay resident has also explained that he doesn't need to have Ontario's social distancing guidelines explained to him because he is a "PSW," a common abbreviation for personal support workers, professionals who are charged with the care of the most vulnerable citizens, including the elderly and those with disabilities and chronic health issues.

The same group to which his roommates belong, and for whom he has demonstrated such dismal regard.

Unfortunately, while Doug Ford's state of emergency asked Ontarians to distance themselves from those with underlying health issues, no legislation was put into effect that would allow police officers to enforce this, unless gatherings exceed groups of five.

Ironically, if Nolan Mcleod ignored social distancing guidelines on the sidewalk in front of his home, and stood within six feet of someone, he could be fined, as featured with Toronto.com, but when he brings visitors into bathrooms, kitchens, and hallways shared by those with underlying health issues, police have few options.

Canadian Heroes

PSWs Give Lives Caring For COVID-19 Victims

Tragically, a growing number of personal support workers have lost their lives after contracting COVID-19 while caring for those infected in institutions across the country.

A PSW in her 50s, who worked at the Madonna Care Community, was reported by the Ottawa Citizen to have been "fighting the illness since mid-April" before passing away in late May, joining another, male, PSW, who passed away on May 7.

Leonard Rodriquez, who worked at Toronto's Access Apartments, died on May 6 after contracting the coronavirus, as reported by the CBC. His daughter stated that the "supportive housing centre" was "not providing him with protective equipment."

Unifor, Mr. Rodriquez's union, said that his tragic early death was "preventable."

"I can't even imagine that she's gone," Parvez Mandegarian sobbed as he spoke to the CBC about the passing of his wife, Christine, who worked as a PSW.

He described how she died "all by herself" in a "cold room," without her children or husband "next to her." There was "nobody next to her."

Given COVID-19's wake of death and despair, it would seem difficult for any objective observer to understand why Nolan Mcleod, a "PSW" who would seem to know better, would risk the lives of his roommates, landlord, police officers, and health care workers, by constantly bringing visitors to his shared accommodations during a pandemic. Given Mcleod's and others' defiance, one can only hope that the number of "preventable" COVID-19 deaths does not continue to increase. Sadly, this seems unlikely.

© 2020 Stephen Sinclair

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