Covid-19 or no! Police must respect the Charter of Rights and Freedoms
Let's face it, Canadians were duped when they were asked, back in mid-March 2020, to give up their civil liberties for a few weeks to "flatten" the Covid-19 "curve". The idea was to social distance (but not wear masks) and give up on "non-essential" work and travel to keep hospitals from being overrun. This initial "lockdown" was not effective as, some 10 months later, we find ourselves in the midst of a second as cases rise and draconian restrictions are re-imposed on a weary public.
Problem is, rather than ask why the first "lockdown" failed and charting a more effective course, the powers-that-be decided we didn't lock down enough. It was everyday citizens who had failed to take the situation seriously and it was their stubborn insistence on socializing with friends and loved ones that was the problem. Even as they suffered through job losses and the deprivations associated with isolation. The gall!
Nevermind those who observed that the virus was just doing what viruses do and was re-emerging in the colder months as is the norm for such things in northern climes. Nevermind that many reports and authoritative studies posited the possibility that therapeutic-based treatments, even on an out patient basis, could flatten that curve and keep folks out of the hospital let alone ICUs. And nevermind that the only research that supported the "lockdown" mantra was born from a high school science project.
The only answer was to crush and "eradicate" the virus. And that could only be done by crushing the civil liberties of those responsible for spreading it. We do not have a problem that requires the mitigation of a virus and learning how to live with it as in days past with other respiratory contagions - we have a people problem that requires controlling the activities of the healthy along with the sick. We need coersion and the power of the State to make people comply!
The end result is as predictable as the rising sun in the east, Canadian civil liberties need to be trounced. Young men need to be tasered if they dare play shinny on an outdoor rink and families need to be ratted on if they have friends over for a meal. It matters not that these Stasi tactics incur more harm than good as noted by several credible sources. The police need to be re-directed from their serve and protect responsibilities to crack down with taser, club and mounted operations.
The tyranny has become so obvious and uncomfortable that the police are now starting to balk. Some have even begun a group, "Police on Guard for Thee", to challenge the anti-Charter approach to fighting Covid-19 and demand to see the evidence and logic that supports such an approach. By signing this petition you are going on record as supporting their push for transparency and a reasoned response to Covid-19. An approach that treats our Charter Rights and Freedoms as a priority that cannot be summarily dismissed by an overreaching government.