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“I am a Canadian, free to speak without fear, free to worship in my own way, free to stand for what I think right, free to oppose what I believe wrong, or free to choose those who shall govern my country. This heritage of freedom I pledge to uphold for myself and all mankind.” ~~ John G. Diefenbaker


This morning, while having a look at my social media feeds, I came across this comment from a family friend.  Here is what they had to day:
Ferries were 90+ percent full last night and are filling up this morning too. Quite concerned about what this means. BC was doing so well, but I bet there is a spike in new cases in the next two weeks especially on the island and in smaller communities 😢.

Haven’t seen my son in weeks. My Mom is in hospital in Kamloops and no one can visit. We are all suffering so let’s suck it up and be diligent until Dr. Bonnie Henry says otherwise.

Rant over!!!

So just for interest sake, I checked out the BC Ferries website this morning to see for myself – not that I didn’t believe them.  As of 10:22am (when I began writing this), the 11am sailing from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay, on Vancouver Island, was at NINETY-FIVE percent capacity – this after seeing images on the TV news of near empty ferries early in the week.

IF people cannot be responsible enough to listen, then action needs to be taken.

And the return trip? It was at less than half that total (38%), which would leave any sensible person to believe this is currently one-way traffic, and come the end of the Easter long-weekend, the reverse will be happening as people return to their homes after a little mini-vacation.

WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE???   Why are they not staying home as they have been directed?

Vacation community after vacation community has been pleading with people NOT TO come, and to stay away. Most, if not all, do not have the medical facilities, nor staff, to deal with the aftermath of a COVID-19 outbreak that would be the result of vacationers and travelers coming in to their communities.
Ninety plus capacity on the ferries tells me one thing --- many of those on them – at least 50% are being total selfish and self-centred, and that their needs are more important than those of everyone around them.

That being the case, it's a shame that those at the ferry terminal aren't being checked to see where they're going, and why. If there isn’t a good reason why they should be boarding, they should be turned around by RCMP.

Yesterday, the Ministry of Public Safety and Attorney General was clear in a statement they released:

Over the Easter long weekend, British Columbians are asked to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by avoiding all non-essential travel, staying home and finding virtual ways to connect and celebrate with family and friends.

Dr. Bonnie Henry, BC’s provincial health officer (PHO) was also clear in her message to us:

This holiday weekend is not the time for travel, unless absolutely necessary. Rather, let’s make it an ‘unwind and be kind’ weekend at home. There are lots of things we can do to relax, have fun and connect with family, friends and our local community at a safe distance”.

Additionally, Adrian Dix, Minister of Health for British Columbia, and Tyler Shandro, Minister of Health for Alberta, were clear in the joint statement they issued yesterday:

“ … a typical long weekend is something we look forward to throughout the year. It’s a chance to spend a little extra time with our loved ones, often in gatherings or on trips out of town. This long weekend is different … a global pandemic puts us all at risk – and we all must stay home …

Let us be clear: Staying home means no traveling – especially across our borders”.

So, what did I also see this morning?  These words from someone in Salmon Arm – along one of the main routes back and forth from BC and Alberta:

I don’t think people know what staying home means, all kinds of Albertans pulling trailers coming through Salmon Arm. I just don’t get it.”

And I don’t either. This is not the time for those damn fools to be headed out for a mini vacation!

It's not too late for this weekend -- if people cannot be responsible enough to listen, then action needs to be taken.

Turn people away at BC Ferry terminals IF they are not boarding them for good reason – and set up a road-check at the BC Alberta border to do the same thing.

STAY HOME --- Damn it!!


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