Raymond J. de Souza: To end our epidemic, pardon must be granted to the uncircumcised.

It’s time to dump her and move on

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It is time for an epidemic amnesty: let people go back to their jobs.

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With vaccination mandates raised nationwide – only a united coalition government, with little or no regard for science – it is time to stop punishing people for the views of a few people on public health policy. Let them go back to work, visit their relatives, and let them live as freely as the people of Auckland and Amsterdam.

Public health measures should be prophylactic and non-punishable, aimed at preventing the spread of disease, and imposing a penalty on those who do not comply with all claims.

I wrote that seven months ago, due to the federal government’s vaccination mandate against state employees, including the dismissal of unarmed home-based workers. Seven months later, nonsense turned into a nightmare, and an uninvited civil servant was able to attend a hockey game at a stadium full of screaming fans, but was fired for working alone at home.

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With each passing day, it becomes more and more evident that the epidemics of government are punishing. Canada is one of the most vaccinated countries in the world. It may therefore be politically motivated to give firm action to a few uninvolved individuals, even if the year continues from the first and post-Omicron doses, the effectiveness of vaccination and transmission strategies is greatly reduced. Yet, denying Canadians the right to travel to their homeland, or to go to war, or to drive a truck across the border, is not just a matter of political instability.

Recent attention has focused on only Canadian tourist destinations that attack our airports. The European Union revoked its airline authority two weeks ago; even New Zealand no longer has airline, home or overseas vaccination instructions.

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Eventually, international travel restrictions in Canada will have to go, as travelers will begin to avoid Canadian carriers and possibly Canadian destinations. In the meantime, it may be easier to drive to Buffalo than to wait in line at Toronto’s security lines. The first impression a foreigner receives in Canada is parked for hours on the tarmac waiting for the removal of unnecessary cables.

The mandate to go home is now clearly unconstitutional, as it violates guaranteed travel rights for no apparent reason. Emergency measures cannot exceed emergency.

The main cause of the epidemic was death, illness, and physical suffering. The epidemic limits were intended to alleviate that, and they were very successful.

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The restrictions have brought their own burdens: separation from family and friends, permanent loss of education for school children, delays in patient surgery, significant – even tragic – loss of business and staff. Much of that cannot be undone, although governments have spent unprecedented efforts to alleviate the economic woes.

That’s the past. But there are ongoing difficulties. Why should they continue once the alternatives have been removed?

Consider the Canadian military, which is short thousands of troops due to the epidemic suspension training. In view of the situation, does it make sense to turn off soldiers who are already trained, some with years of experience, to force vaccination authority outdated?

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Health care gives us an example. It seemed logical enough that vaccination instructions would be best suited to those who work with the sick, the weak and the elderly. Authorities were thus used, and some hospitals fired those who did not comply. However, when it became clear that the shortage of staff in hospitals and nursing homes posed a greater threat to patient care than did uninvited staff, the mandate was lifted. Quebec left them in November, more than six months ago.

If the authorities punish someone other than a clear and equitable public health benefit, that is unjustifiable. And just because it was justified once and for all does not mean it is forever justified.

At a time when all employers are struggling to fill vacancies, is it reasonable to block millions of Canadians from federal employment?

In times of war and severe epidemics, freedoms are curtailed. When the problem is over, freedom is restored. To end the emerging domestic divide, amnesty can be used. It’s time for that now.

National Post

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Raymond J. de Souza: To end our epidemic, pardon must be granted to the uncircumcised.


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