The factor about social media is there’s at all times one thing on the market to enrage you.
For weeks now, there have been folks posting tales about how they prevented the “obligatory” lodge quarantine upon getting into Canada by merely renting a automotive and driving throughout a land border as an alternative. Sure, you get requested a few questions, get your temperature checked, however then it’s away you go to self-quarantine.
“What sort of protecting system is that?” I believed. Till I learn tales detailing how folks flying into Canada have merely been refusing to go to a government-sanctioned quarantine lodge – absent repercussions. They might should pay a small advantageous. For many, it’s price it.
Meantime, for the remainder of us watching variants rip throughout the nation, filling up hospitals and intensive care items to overflowing, all we will do is sit again and get extra infuriated by the day.
There is probably not a facet of Canada’s pandemic response extra pathetic, extra inept, extra reflective of our total dismal technique for coping with COVID-19 and its lethal variants than our insurance policies round journey, each worldwide and home.
Australia, New Zealand and others have taken a military-like strategy to coping with these attempting to enter the nation from outdoors, together with police and armed forces officers escorting travellers to authorities vans that take them to a government-operated lodge for 14 days. Right here, we rolled out a program to quarantine folks for 3 days, and in the event that they’re COVID-free after that they’re allowed to go residence. If not, they’re moved to a different lodge for a further 11 days.
Until, in fact, they determine the entire thing is a bit a lot and hop in a taxi, go residence and anticipate some ticket within the mail which will by no means arrive.
This week, The Globe and Mail reported that Ottawa has dropped particular screening for travellers getting into Canada from Brazil. From Brazil! Nobody within the authorities or the Public Well being Company of Canada will say why. Isn’t that swell?
Why are we permitting anybody from Brazil to enter this nation given the chance they signify? Why wouldn’t we way back have cancelled flights from a South American nation that’s the epicentre of a COVID-19 variant thought-about far worse than any of the others? A variant that made its means into B.C. and proceeded to tear by way of the province, to not point out the Vancouver Canucks hockey staff.
Dr. Bonnie Henry confirmed the case of P.1 within the province was traced to a global traveller. Think about that. Everyone is saying: “Isn’t this horrible? What a tragedy.” Whereas different nations stopped flights from COVID-19 scorching spots akin to Brazil and India, Canada maintained its open-arms coverage.
Each week there are extra tales of flights, each home and worldwide, touchdown at airports throughout the nation and disgorging sick passengers. In response to Well being Canada, 33 flights from Delhi, India, touchdown in Canada this month carried folks unwell with COVID-19. However by all means Well being Minister Patty Hajdu, do go on about how our journey restrictions are a number of the strongest on the planet.
Canadians applauded authorities measures to ban journey to solar locations forward of March break however didn’t do something about folks coming in from Brazil or India the place the virus is raging, or earlier than that Britain and South Africa, the place variants had been laying waste to huge swaths of the general public.
At residence, the state of affairs is equally inane. Atlantic Canada bought its act collectively early and has saved the virus largely at bay as a result of it largely sealed itself off from the remainder of the nation. Manitoba has tried to do the identical with restricted success. With record-setting COVID numbers, Ontario on Friday introduced some border measures with its two neighbours. It’s one thing that ought to have been achieved months in the past.
All over the place past is a freaking gong present. B.C. Premier John Horgan mentioned lately he’s pondering interprovincial journey restrictions, after earlier saying he had a authorized opinion they wouldn’t work. He by no means launched that argument, or his reasoning behind his assertion that new orders could possibly be imposed now. Everybody is aware of it’s an empty menace. Nothing will occur. And other people from Alberta carrying COVID-19 will proceed pouring into B.C. and vice-versa.
I feel the perfect coverage for Canadians is that this: On the subject of COVID-19 you’re by yourself. Faux you don’t have governments defending you as a result of in some ways you don’t.