Police will be ’empowered’ to ask people if they have a reason to be outside.
What would be worse than a curfew?
A full-day curfew.
And, in effect, that is what Ontario now has in place.
A day after Doug Ford announced that Ontario wouldn’t have a curfew, he announced what is a de facto full-day curfew.
Ontarians have been given a ‘stay-at-home’ order, with people told to stay at home unless for ‘non-essential’ reasons.
Here is what the government said in their statement (note the line about ‘concerning levels of mobility,’ AKA people being able to freely move around):
“Effective Thursday, January 14, 2021at 12:01 a.m., the government is issuing a stay-at-home order requiring everyone to remain at home with exceptions for permitted purposes or activities, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services, for exercise or for work where the work cannot be done remotely. This order and other new and existing public health restrictions are aimed at limiting people’s mobility and reducing the number of daily contacts with those outside an immediate household. In addition to limiting outings for these purposes, all businesses must ensure that any employee who can work from home, does work from home.
These new public health measures will help stop the spread of COVID-19 by reducing concerning levels of mobility as the province continues its vaccine rollout and ramps up to mass vaccination when the federal government is able to provide the necessary supply to do so.”
As reported by Colin D’Mello, police officers in Ontario will have ‘discretion’ to ‘determine’ whehter people have a ‘valid’ reason to be outside:
Yesterday, Ford said there would be no curfew.
Today, he announced a mandatory stay-at-home order that’s about as clear as mud. pic.twitter.com/Wl0Mvg0kur
— Ontario Proud (@ontarioisproud) January 12, 2021
Consider that in Quebec, the curfew is from 5:00 am to 8:00 pm, and when people are outdoors outside of those times, police can question and detain them.
In Ontario, it is now even more restrictive, with police given the authority to question people who are outside at any time.
It appears then that Ford pulled a bait-and-switch on people, claiming there wouldn’t be a curfew, and then imposing what is basically a full-day curfew while calling it something else.
“A ‘curfew’ by any other name.
The Premier of Ontario will be empowering law enforcement to ticket Canadians for leaving their homes for any reason he deems ‘non-essential’. But he swears it’s NOT a ‘curfew’.
Does that make sense to you?”
A 'curfew' by any other name.
The Premier of Ontario will be empowering law enforcement to ticket Canadians for leaving their homes for any reason he deems 'non-essential'. But he swears it’s NOT a 'curfew'.
Does that make sense to you? https://t.co/AVASMu4Qk1
— National Citizens Coalition (@NatCitizens) January 12, 2021
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