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Reader letter: Governments have rules we have always had to follow


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I would like to comment on recent articles regarding vaccinations. One was concerning people who will face hardships because they refuse to be vaccinated; another dealt with the legal rights of such and the final one dealt with what the author defined as a hysteria over “police states.”

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In the first article, we are faced with the trials and tribulations of those who will lose their livelihoods, plus all that that encompasses with their refusals.

I have no sympathy. Some people I feel are compromising their family, friends, neighbours and coworkers by their refusal.

I don’t feel it’s justified to use the excuse of “my body is my temple” and must be protected at all times.

Do you smoke, drink, consume processed or fast foods, take any form of medication, drive a car and sit in lines of smog-producing vehicles. All of these affect your health.

Your refusal cannot be based on law since governments have often abridged on our rights as needed. We have no rights except those that are granted to us by the government of the day.

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Do you own and drive a car? Only with consent of your government which allows you a vehicle permit and a driver’s license which also comes with conditions (do not drink excessively).

Governments of the day, both federal and provincial, can choose to mandate whatever is needed to protect the majority of its citizens. Tomorrow, either level of government could pass a law demanding vaccinations and allow that law to operate “notwithstanding” our precious Charter.

But we are nowhere near a “police state” as indicated in a recent column by Lloyd Brown-John. Our governments do have the power to endorse this if they wish, but most of us have enough common sense to prevent this from happening. Don’t forget the internment camps and other restrictions from our war years.

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COVID-19 is a national emergency and should be treated as such. Only extraordinary measures are going to defeat it. Instead of protesting and trying to ostracize those following the rules, heed their warnings.

You may be preventing the sickness or death of your own loved ones.

Jack Brown, Windsor

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