I was getting ready to start my wood stove at the lake on March 21 with the Feb. 20 Citizen as fuel when I reread Neil’s opinion piece “How to Arrest Protesters.”
Fast forward four short weeks and oh how Canada (and the world) has changed from protesters to the pandemic. Maybe he has some thoughts on how To arrest isolation and distancing violators.
What do protesters and pandemic have in common? Neil answers that in his opinion piece. He stated “Once that assembly involves the occupation of government offices and the blocking of roads and railways, it infringes upon the rights of others to move freely and it breaks the law.” The same can be said for isolation and distancing violators not heeding the province’s chief medical health officer’s edict to socially isolate and keep your distance. You are infringing upon the rights of others to move freely and breaking the law. You are putting the public’s health at risk.
Finally, Neil says “If those citizens are still unwilling to legalize their behaviour, they are arrested” and that needs to happen with the pandemic and COVID-19 violators. They also need to be fined, hit them in the wallet hard as they are putting lives in danger and money talks.
As the PM has sternly state recently, just stay home. Thanks, Neil, for your Feb. 20 viewpoint as it is very relevant with today’s issue also. I kept your piece for reference but sorry, I did burn the rest of the paper.
Editor’s note: Besides serving an excellent firestarter, the print edition of The Citizen also works great in your garden and your compost. The newsprint is partially made of recycled paper and the inks are vegetable oil based.