Dr. Bonnie Henry, Health Minister Adrian Dix and Premier John Horgan clearly need some help.
They’ve done their best confronting, addressing, taking on and hopefully, eventually getting us out of the worst, most frightening health crisis of our lifetime.
But MANY British Columbians are not happy: they feel the NDP government and Dr. Bonnie Henry have played favorites; that some people, part of the NDP’s voting base, have been unfairly pushed to the front of the line for vaccines, while front-line workers, much more deserving, had to wait far too long; that the worst Health Order violators, activists, partiers and whole communities holding large gatherings have been allowed to get away with ignoring the rules; while law-obeying citizens, businesses, workers have been forced to bear unfair extra burdens and hardships; and, BC residents have even had their Civil Liberties abused by the NDP government, imposing roadblocks, restrictions and heavy fines on BC residents while Albertans, from the per-capita worst-infected province in the country, can come and go at their leisure, facing no roadblocks as they tow boats and campers into the province, heading for BC’s lakes and campgrounds.
And MANY of the BC government’s Health Orders, instructions, rules, suggestions, appeals have been criticized for mixed messaging and being confusing.
The government needs help. Well, here I am. And hopefully, so are you.
The current set of shut-down Orders are currently scheduled to expire May 25.
Should they? All of them? Or some? And what about the long-term? What will work? What won’t? And what would be fair?
First, the highway blockades have got to go! They were a costly blunder, a waste of both police resources and public funds. Get rid of them!
Although they no doubt kept law-abiding citizens from travelling, a simple appeal from Dr. Henry to do so would have accomplished much the same. And let’s keep it real: even with police checks/blockades, the Covidiots, scofflaws and rule evaders probably just lied and travelled right through.
Second, Public Health Orders MUST be enforced EQUALLY: the organizers of EVERY public rally, protest, gathering, beach party, road and bridge blockades must be CHARGED … and so should as many of the actual perpetrators as reasonably possible.
Police WILL act … if they feel they have the support and backing of the City and Provincial politicians … who have been FAR TOO WEAK and even catered to the scofflaws in the past.
The government cannot and should not expect law-abiding citizens to follow the rules … if others get FREE PASSES.
THIRDLY, indoor dining, bars and gyms should ONLY be allowed to resume where Health Officials certify sanitary protocols are being assiduously followed and air flow/circulation is adequate. If not: keep those failing to meet the REQUIRED standards CLOSED.
In the longer term, restaurants, bars and gyms should be ALLOWED to require full vaccination of all staff against Covid. And if they post PROOF of Vaccination Certificates at their entrance, it could even prove to be a customer draw.
Workplaces, theatres, stadiums and schools should be able to ban non-vaccinated staff, customers, students and visitors from their premises as well.
It’s their right to keep themselves and their customers safe.
A Government-issued Proof of Vaccination Pass or Q-Code should be issued to all who have completed the full Covid vaccination process … not only useful for those places mentioned above, but also as a required document to board a commercial aircraft, domestically or internationally … or even cross the Canada-US road border once that re-opens.
Which brings me to the anti-maskers, anti-vaxxers.
I respect their rights and I would NOT support any attempts by government to force vaccination. If someone does not believe Covid is a threat or does not want to vaccinate, that is their right.
BUT they do NOT have any right to expose, infect, render sick or kill the rest of us!
The civil rights of non-vaxxers may guarantee them access to government buildings/services (exactly how much is still to be legally tested) but I would submit they are NOT guaranteed access to privately owned facilities that are required to respect/obey the human rights provisions of Canada’s Charter of Rights (race, colour, ethnicity, sexual orientation etc.). Being required to serve non-maskers or non-vaccinated is not a provision under the Canadian Charter.
All this would be a good start to the Summer.
Dr. Henry has had the support of most British Columbians for most of her Health Orders most of the time.
But criticism has been growing. And rightfully so.
Dr. Henry and the government are going to have to ensure any new rules/restrictions imposed from now on are directed at the REAL sources of the problems … not just the easiest targets … and they must be enforced EQUALLY …. taking on those who have been ignoring most of them until now.
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