My Take: By Marianne Lasonde

My Take: By Marianne Lasonde

It’s safe to assume most people associate curfews with a frustrating parent-child relationship – and, we are ready to argue that we should not be babied anymore. So, it’s understandable that, when the government starts acting like our parents – telling us when we are expected home, who we can or cannot see, what we should wear – it feels like an invasion of privacy.
And maybe it is… But I’m not sure our freedom is what is truly at risk here.
The reality is: this curfew will affect the vulnerable much more than the lockdown already has. While I acknowledge the government has provided some funding to increase capacity in shelters, the same people who were turned away before, will be turned away again… This time, however, homeless folks with mental health related issues or violent tendencies will need to pay a fine they simply cannot afford.

 

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