Question: When exactly did Ontario, Canada become a police state?
That may sound outrageous, but it’s a serious question.
The answer is since 12:01 AM on April 17, 2021. That was when the harsh, new COVID “Stay-At-Home” order took effect.
After the largest Canadian province has seen a rise in case counts, hospitalizations, and ICU admissions due to COVID-19 in recent weeks, the Progressive-Conservative Premier, Doug Ford, issued a new, ore restrictive order every Friday for three weeks. The most stringent of the restrictions was announced on Friday, April 16, and took effect one minute after midnight the next day.
The restrictions limit gatherings to members of one household, bars inter-provincial travel for “non-essential” reasons, and closes “non-essential” stores for in-person shopping. It does allow “essential” businesses — like big box stores — to remain open to the public at a limited capacity, with only “essential” products available for purchase in-store. According to Toronto.com, “big box stores are only allowed to sell grocery items, pet care supplies, household cleaning supplies, pharmaceutical items, health care items, and personal care items. They cannot sell other general merchandise.” Curbside pickup of items from “non-essential” retail stores is still permitted, however.
The Stay-At-Home order “requires everyone to remain at home except for specified purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services (including getting vaccinated), for outdoor exercise, or for work that cannot be done remotely.”
Initially, the order had closed playgrounds, but after intense backlash between the announcement on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning, the province reversed their order to allow playgrounds to remain open, but encouraged mask-wearing outside and discouraged gatherings of multiple households.
Sylvia Jones, the Ontario Solicitor General, says that perhaps neighbors should be snitching on rule-breakers.
Ontario solicitor general Sylvia Jones defends snitching on your neighbours (with the caveat that she doesn’t want government phone lines overburdened). pic.twitter.com/bBRbL7nwkr
— Andrew Lawton (@AndrewLawton) April 16, 2021
Another very controversial move was to give police the ability to stop and require identification from anyone who was outside of their home for any reason. Failure to do so would mean a $750 ticket.
Most local police forces pushed back on this saying that they didn’t want to engage in “carding” Ontarians for being outside of their homes. One police force, however, said that they would be enforcing the order — the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP).
Now it seems, Ontario has allowed police to require children to identify themselves if they are in a “public gathering” even if it’s outdoors.
How does this work, exactly? Children don’t walk around with I.D. in Ontario… so it would mean that they’d have to also identify their parent or guardian to be contacted by the OPP about their minor child defying the provincial mandate.
Of course that’s what it’s about. Identify and take note of the “problem” citizens and their families.
Ontario police may ID children if they are seen participating in a public gathering as part of the new anti-COVID measures announced by the province, Peel Regional Police have stated…
…Const. Danny Marttini, a spokesperson for Peel Regional Police, said that officers could ID minors if they appeared to be participating in a public gathering, as per an anti-COVID directive issued by the province last weekend.
The new measures would allow police to stop and ID people who officers have reason to believe are participating in an “organized public event or social gathering.” According to the new rules, public gatherings are now prohibited unless they are between members of the same household, or between two households in situations where people live alone.
“In regards to the lockdown rules, the identification is in regards to gatherings or social groups that are coming together,” she said. “If (police) see something like that going on, in which case they would ask to identify all parties that are participating.”
“Generally speaking, the idea is to treat everybody the same that will engage, explain what should be going on, and then hopefully educate and then that should take care of it,” she said.
If police are dealing with minors, then the process would include notifying and talking to a parent or a related adult, she added.
Source: National Post
This revelation came in the wake of a viral video that shows an interaction between Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and a boy in southern Ontario on Sunday. In the video, it’s unclear if the boy was pushed by the officer or if his scooter was pulled away causing him to fall to the ground. The OPP officer can be seen in the video with his hand on the scooter. Someone can be heard yelling, “What are you doing bud, he’s 12-years-old!” The police haven’t confirmed the boy’s age.
The incident is currently being investigated, but Sgt. Jason Folz, media relations coordinator for the OPP central region, said that the officers had stopped to talk to the group of young people because they were gathered at a skate park. Facilities like skate parks, baseball diamonds, basketball courts, and tennis courts have all been closed per the Stay-At-Home order.
Watch the interaction here:
This is happening in the polite, squishy, socialist-friendly country of Canada.
Oh, wait… I think I’ve found the source of the problem.