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“I talked about the fifth-generation family in my remarks running a store in rural Alberta. One hundred per cent of their business went to the big U.S.-owned box store down the street or online for 10 weeks because of that frankly stupid mistake that we made, for which I apologize,” said Kenney.
Clearly, Ontario Premier Doug Ford doesn’t think what he’s doing now is a grave mistake or that his rules are arbitrarily stupid. But they are.
How is it less risky to buy plates from Costco than from The Bay or a kitchen shop a few blocks away? Is the COVID virus less virulent in a place that sells groceries or pharmaceuticals?
The rules for Ontario’s latest lockdown, that took effect Thursday, state that Ontarians “should stay home to the fullest extent possible.”
Just a couple of paragraphs down, the government says you can gather outside with a maximum of five people. If you find this to be contradictory, congratulations, you’re paying attention. Don’t go outside unless absolutely necessary, but if you break that rule you can meet up with four friends. Sheesh.
So-called non-essential shops may not be essential to Ford but they are essential to the people who own them — it’s their livelihood.
Less importantly, when you’re moving and you have nothing, plates are essential items, particularly when restaurants are closed. So are pots and pans.
Our policy-makers should think this stuff through and start basing their decisions on the science — not what makes them look virtuous.
Licia Corbella is a Postmedia columnist in Calgary.